Opinion—Feb. 28, 2021
Ah, yes, the time has come. I have waited five whole years for new Kings of Leon music, and this Friday, March 5th, they are releasing their eighth studio album, When You See Yourself. I already know this album will be an emotional experience for me, I mean, I burst into tears at the mere sight of drummer Nathan Followill attending Harry Styles’ concert at Ryman Auditorium.
I remember witnessing the Kings of Leon album release concert for WALLS in their hometown, as well as my hometown, of Nashville back in 2016 when I was a senior in high school. I felt so special to be a part of the first crowd to hear their new songs. If we were not in covid-era, you better believe I would be attending another album release show, which would have marked my fifth KOL concert.
The band, made up of three brothers and one cousin, has released three singles from When You See Yourself ahead of its March 5th premiere. First came the songs, “The Bandit” and “100,000 People,” and most recently “Echoing.”
The guitar intro to “The Bandit” immediately takes me back to their fifth and sixth albums, Come Around Sundown and Mechanical Bull. This song is catchy and has more of a radio sound to it. The guitar feels very KOL and has a great melody to it. “100,000 People” definitely falls under the WALLS vibe. Caleb Followill’s voice maintains a calmer tone. The chorus is dreamy and romantic. “Echoing” is very KOL. It offers more of Caleb’s louder vocals and it has a feel-good sound.
My hope for When You See Yourself is that it offers a mix of every previous Kings of Leon album. I want the loud, erratic sounds of their first three albums, Youth and Young Manhood, Aha Shake Heartbreak and Because of the Times. I want the emotional lyrics of their fourth album, Only By The Night. And lastly, I want the folky-Nashville-feel of their last three albums, Come Around Sundown, Mechanical Bull and WALLS.