Kings of Leon - WALLS
Critic Score
Based on 26 reviews
2016 Ratings: #942 / 959
User Score
Based on 192 ratings
2016 Ratings: #553
Liked by 4 people
October 14, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
RCA / Label
Markus Dravs / Producer
kingsofleon.com / Website
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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
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
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
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

Enneti
50

This album successfully makes you feel absolutely indifferent about it. It is the definition of generic pop rock.

69420JMAN69420
72

Yeah this one drops off hard, but it’s heights are so good.

Enneti
50

This album successfully makes you feel absolutely indifferent about it. It is the definition of generic pop rock.

schwizzle
NR

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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

Year End Lists

#32/NME
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Added on: August 25, 2016