Kings of Leon - Only By The Night
- Doug Johnstone
- 2 October 2008
Darwin’s theory of convergent evolution states that disparate, unrelated organisms evolve similar traits when adapting to similar environments, and it’s clearly in evidence amongst stadium rock bands. Using the blustery, overblown U2 blueprint, the likes of Coldplay, Snow Patrol, The Killers and now Kings of Leon all abandoned their distinctiveness and originality in order to reach the back of festival fields and arenas.
This fourth album is virtually indistinguishable from the Kings’ contemporaries. Caleb Followill’s Southern yelp aside, tracks like ‘Notion’ and ‘Use Somebody’ are full of echoey guitars, epic drums, obvious piano lines and truly banal lyrics. Not out-and-out bad, just depressingly conventional and predictable.