Kings of Leon - WALLS
Critic Score
Based on 26 reviews
2016 Ratings: #930 / 947
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Based on 176 ratings
2016 Ratings: #524
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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.

Doofy
36
'Walls' is one of those polished late career releases that really has almost nothing going for it; the writing has stiffed, everything sounds hyper commercial despite the lack of any special songs, and any mystery the band in question once possessed has now totally evaporated.

In true latter Rolling Stones fashion, an album released to support a tour where three songs from it will make the setlist (at most).
FritoRio
72
Ignore my last kings of Leon review, this is their best
lemuriams
53
They tried to move a little outside their comfort zone, but unfortunately it mostly ended in failure.

It's fun to play Around The World, but it's not enough.
Raiksheen
40
Trash
Korzaski
50
kings of leon drops waste a moment, one of my favorite song's they've ever made. man i was hype when they put it out. then the title track, one of their most beautiful somber masterpieces. then around the world came out, easily one of the worst KOL songs ever. then reverend. another boring song. did they front load this really hard?

yeah this is one of the most boring albums i have ever listened to. it was so boring i almost cried. my trust in KOL at this point had been nearly shattered. but ... read more
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Added on: August 25, 2016