- WALLS

Kings of Leon - WALLS
CRITIC SCORE
55
Based on 19 reviews
2016 Rank: #706 / 722
USER SCORE
58
Based on
77 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

83
Entertainment Weekly

Their richest, most textured effort yet. 

80
NME

They’ve done what comes naturally – and also what they’re very good at. To put it simply, it’s clear that they like big, possibly-a-bit-cheesy choruses, and so have written 10 of them.

80
AllMusic

With WALLS, Kings of Leon have struck a nice balance between the garage band passion of their early work, and the large scale bombast that made them stars.

67
Consequence of Sound

Here the Followills sound mature, relaxed, and locked in with one another.

60
Rolling Stone

The result is radio-buff rock & roll that could spoon between One Republic's genre-splicing power moves and the Head and the Heart's folk-pop uplift.

60
The Guardian

No wheels are being reinvented here, but while much of Walls marks a return to the Kings sound of eight years ago, there is some experimentation.

60
musicOMH

Those who long for the days when Kings Of Leon were an enthralling and joyously shambolic rock band will probably be disappointed again by their return.

60
Clash

In a nutshell: we’ve pretty much heard this Kings Of Leon album before, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing.

50
Exclaim!

With WALLS, Kings of Leon have further strengthened their foothold in formulaic arena-rock.

50
FasterLouder

WALLS is not the comeback it wants to be — and while these 10 songs might have hoped to trumpet a resurrection, in the end they sound more like someone yelling from inside the coffin, trying to convince anyone who’ll listen that they’re still alive.

45
Under The Radar

The Tennessee boys that used to hang on your back, shouting in your ear with whiskey on their breath have grown up, and now preach wound-down wisdom with an arm around your shoulder. But the charm wears thin over the course of a full record.

45
Pitchfork

WALLS mostly finds Kings of Leon back in that mode of offering up fast-food “whoa-oh” singalongs and guitars that chime as distinctly as wallpaper.

43
Pretty Much Amazing

I think this album broke me as a reviewer. It’s been a long time since I’ve heard something that resides so squarely in the middle of the road, or that fades into the background so quickly.

40
DIY

It lacks the immediate bombast of either that last LP or 2010’s ‘Come Around Sundown’, but neither is it straight-up boring.

40
Drowned in Sound

Kings of Leon are what they are, their walls stand tall enough despite glaring structural defects and the fans will likely indeed be 'happy'. For now.

30
Slant Magazine

The hooks on WALLS are surprisingly hard to come by for an album this ostensibly geared toward radio.

Jun 21, 2017
PJ_0707
60
More of the same country fried sounds that KOL have become known for. Weak songs with moments that hint at past peaks. Better than some of their more popular work as some of that U2 sheen has worn off. I did enjoy the title track however.
Jan 31, 2017*
70
Thinking back, this album actually aged pretty bad, gets boring fast and it easily underwhelms.
I think they had the right mindset going into this album, certainly better than mechanical bull, feels new and exciting. More than any rock record in the past year or so.
Jan 8, 2017
dyelir
39
Post-The Killers rock and roll revival bands are having a tough time these days and Kings of Leon are no exception. It seems as though their Only by the Night success is fading. This album is too normal to be a complete flop or a success. Instead, it's just kind of bad.
Nov 18, 2016
guileffb
14
Worst album of the year, no doubts.

Was this supposed to please anyone? It's TOO FUCKING POP, BUT NOBODY LIKED IT! AND WHY? BECAUSE It sounds NOTHING like KOL AND NOTHING LIKE A GOOD ALBUM!

It feels so forced, so money-maker and so edited that it feels like a fucking toy.It feels futile! Whatever. Fuck off, KOL!
Nov 11, 2016
50
Best Songs: 'Find Me', 'Over'
Worst Songs: 'Muchacho'
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END OF YEAR LISTS
# 32 - NME
Track List
  1. Waste A Moment
  2. Reverend
  3. Around The World
  4. Find Me
  5. Over
  6. Muchacho
  7. Conversation Piece
  8. Eyes On You
  9. Wild
  10. WALLS


Added on: August 25, 2016