Come Around Sundown
At this point in Kings of Leon's careers, the Southern rock and garage influences marking their earliest releases are all but gone -- and so is the youthful exuberance. A good portion of Come Around Sundown consists of moody, mid-tempo ruminations on alienation and estrangement. In other words, this is the band's celebrity-life-is-wearing-on-us record. Sonically, Kings of Leon aren't doing anything terribly unique: post-grunge fed through a vaguely post-punk gloom. However, tunes such as "Mary," "Beach Side" and "The Immortals" reveal a newfound interest in dream pop and tropical retro-pop.