AOTY 2021

When You See Yourself

Kings of Leon - When You See Yourself
Critic Score
Based on 25 reviews
2021 Ratings: #626 / 675
User Score
Based on 327 ratings
2021 Ratings: #795
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Spill Magazine

As a whole, When You See Yourself is a welcome new addition to the band’s discography, and cements their status as one of the top rock bands of the last fifteen years.

80
Mojo

It seems that self- examination has taken them to bold, new places.

80
Classic Rock

A record of life-worn wisdom, hard times and hope. How very 2021.

80
musicOMH

At best, When You See Yourself is the finest collection Kings Of Leon have put out since their peak years, and at worst a collection of good tunes to listen to this spring and never hear again.

80
NME

The riffin' and ruminatin' rockers are back with an eighth album that finds them joyful, energised and curious, the sound of growing happier in your own skin.

80
Sputnikmusic

When You See Yourself is a welcoming return to form for Kings of Leon. It’s a nostalgia sucker punch for those in the right time, in the right place.

71
Beats Per Minute

This is an at times muscular, at other times breezy collection of songs, recorded with care, removing bombast and occasionally returning to the rough live sound of their early days.

70
Uncut

This tellingly titled LP feels like the first step in a viable third chapter fora band that has rediscovered its identity.

70
Clash

The album is at its best when there’s a certain intimacy, when the listener feels as though they’re right there in the studio.

70
Rolling Stone

The Southern garage rockers’ eighth album is subtle and surprising.

70
AllMusic

The songs don't linger as much as the vibe does, but that spacious, sumptuous feel is appealing as When You See Yourself marches steadily to its conclusion.

64
Paste

The band’s eighth album is full of songs that are catchy, but unremarkable.

60
The Arts Desk

Perhaps, in a live setting, the songs will settle and find their place, but while sometimes interesting and occasionally engaging, When You See Yourself remains an annoyingly uneven listen.

60
DIY

An album that, though not without its fillers, feels like they’re having more genuine fun than they’ve had in years.

60
Evening Standard

Without those crowds around, this powerful rock machine is idling.

60
The Sydney Morning Herald

Caleb’s lyrics are as inscrutable as ever, while the Followills appear to be working a little harder to relocate their heart and create new textures, rather than staying on rock-star autopilot.

60
The Independent

It’s pleasantly – if forgettably – soporific. The sort of family motorway album that tired parents can hum along to without waking the kids in the back.

60
Slant Magazine

With the band’s musicianship in peak form, it’s Caleb’s songwriting that limits the album’s impact.

60
Gigwise

When You See Yourself doesn’t approach the creative zenith of those critically-adored early albums and nor will it top the sales of their mid-career commercial peak, but it’s refreshing to hear the band block out outside influences and just make music for the fun of it.

60
Record Collector
A couple of songs lack a hook to match the playing, but beautiful pared back eco anthem Claire And Eddie should be fervently yelled along to once stadiums re-open. They are moving into elder statesmanship with an unexpected grace.
50
The Forty-Five

Introspection needn’t be dull, no matter where you are in life. But if Kings Of Leon want to make music that doesn’t rely on sweat-drenched stadium energy or straggly-haired Americana, they at least need something to say.

48
Pitchfork

On their eighth album, the Followill brothers desperately cling to a sound that has stopped working, trying to write songs that soar but capable only of ones that wallow.

40
Dork

Increasingly, they feel like a band with the doors to entry closed, ageing out with an audience no longer looking for something new. That’s okay for them, but they’re capable of so much more.

40
The Line of Best Fit

There’s nothing inherently bad about When You See Yourself, but it feels like you could merge it with any releases from their last decade of activity and construct an album that has some heart to it.

40
The Observer

After a partly successful reboot with 2016’s Walls, they attempt to build on that for their eighth album by using the same producer, Markus Dravs, but there’s only so much he can do when the raw material he’s working with so often falls short.

JacksonLerner
83
kings of leon’s newest effort ‘when you see yourself’ is an enthralling triumph. while it doesn’t seem like much on the outside, it’s actually a whole lot of new ideas and concepts from the band.

i believe kings of leon’s discography throughout the 2010s has been criminally underrated. it features some great projects including ‘mechanical bull’, ‘come around sundown’, and ‘WALLS’. all of these records are high quality ... read more
fucktobymaguire
55
Let's be honest, Supermarket is basically the title track to this album.

Because this album is the equivalent of going on a trip to the supermarket. It's not a bad experience, and I can get myself a very nice Dare Vanilla Latte Espresso milk drink for $3.50. But there's absolutely no reason to remember going to the supermarket on March the 5th, 2021, even if I did get my Vanilla Latte Espresso milk drink because there's absolutely no reason to remember your trip to something as mundane as a ... read more
Nightwing734
55
Why did I even have hope for this :(
MickyT
50
I only really remember Kings of Leon for one song that was overplayed on the radio and TV when I was kid but with this new album out entitled 'When You See Yourself' it looks like it might stay that way because this is one of the dullest and forgettable Alt Rock albums I've heard good long while. It has one good song in The Bandit, the rest you can just go on without hearing because there's no point.
zachthesnack
51
This is the definition of an album doing a whole lot of nothing for 51 minutes and 30 seconds.
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Added on: January 7, 2021