It says something about Kings of Leon’s previous work rate that releasing an album two years and eleven months after their last takes into account a lengthy (for them) and much needed break. Watching these four scruffy southern boys grow into the sleek, shiny stadium act that they are today has been one of the stranger – and to many, sadder – industry tales of recent years.
That 2010’s Come Around Sundown, their fifth album in seven years, sounded very much like a band going through the motions emphasises the importance of album number six, Mechanical Bull, due out in just under a fortnight.
We’ve already heard the sepia toned first single ‘Supersoaker’, which the group rattled through during today’s BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge session. Also present was this, a slow, horizon-spanning cover of Robyn’s ‘Dancing On My Own’. Unsuprisingly, it’s the reverb-soaked, Cold Desert-y Kings of Leon that we get here.