Kings of Leon - Only By The Night (2 stars)

This article is from 2008.

Kings of Leon - Only By The Night

(RCA)

ROCK

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.

Kings of Leon

Hirsute country rock'n'rollers.

Hyde Park, London W2

Thu 6 Jul

Prices to be confirmed

With Pixies, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Frightened Rabbit, Deaf Havana, Local Natives, Tom Grennan, The Cactus Blossoms, Saint Motel, Benjamin Booker and Billy Raffoul.

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