Kings Of Leon have put together a striking album in “Mechanical Bull,” one that melds the most appealing aspects from a decade of evolution. The powerful, diverse record,which drops Sept. 24, showcases the elements KOL do best: turn-on-a-dime tempo changes, mysterious, atmospheric ballads, and ringing, hard-charging rockers. And, produced again by Angelo Petraglia, “Mechanical Bull,” the band’s sixth album, ventures into new territory while remaining resolutely a guitar rock album in the classic sense.
Drummer Nathan Followill calls “Bull” an “unofficial greatest hits,” given how it taps into the finer points of previous KOL releases. “In some weird way this record was kind of a reflection for us, kind of a trip down memory lane to where we didn’t police ourselves so hard, ‘that’s not gonna fit on this record, that doesn’t go with this or that,'” he says. “This time, it was just get in there and jam, if it sticks it sticks, go on to the next song and try to make it better than the one you played before.”
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