AOTY 2019
Kings of Leon - WALLS
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2016 Ratings: #743 / 763
User Score
Based on 118 ratings
2016 Ratings: #685
October 14, 2016 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

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.

EMR
43
Kings of Leon return with another one of their usual cheesy indie-rock albums. It is undeniably cheesy, obvious and at times under-developed in terms of production and mixing quality, but a much better effort in comparison to the extremely forgettable Mechanical Bull. While WALLS can be seen as just more of the same from the group (there are huge similarities with Come Around Sundown), there is also another important facet that reappears with their usual sound and compositional style: an ... read more
75
a lil to poppy for me but still far from being bad
Tielur
35
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63
1. Waste A Moment - 8.5
2. Reverend - 8.5
3. Around The World - 7.0
4. Find Me - 10
5. Over - 6.5
6. Muchacho - 3.0
7. Conversation Piece - 4.0
8. Eyes On You - 6.0
9. Wild - 5.0
10. WALLS - 4.0

62.5/100
65
It's pop rock and they did it very naturally and I would say good but there old sound is missed I believe eventually they'll come back
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#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
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