Kings of Leon, "Come Around Sundown"

Album Review
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In an interview during their summer tour, Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill said that a lot of fans-lured to their concerts by recent propulsive stadium anthems like "Sex on Fire" and record of the year Grammy Award winner "Use Somebody"-thought the band's old songs were actually new ones. Such is the hardship of a group that toiled in domestic semi-obscurity for years while becoming a superstar abroad. On Kings of Leon's latest album, "Come Around Sundown," the family Followill makes a strong bid to please longtime fans as well as the recently converted. The current single "Radioactive" has the uplift and bombast to make a strong stand at radio; by contrast, "Mi Amigo" has the stripped-down junkie rock jangle of the greatest songs from 2005's "Aha Shake Heartbreak." With "Come Around Sundown," Kings of Leon may have the ticket to pleasing everyone all of the time.