Kings of Leon is an American rock band that was formed in 1999 in Nashville, Tennessee. The band includes Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill and Nathan Followill. Crazily enough, this band is full of family members. The band started their music career with a mix of southern rock and blues influences. Then over the years, they gradually started to create more alternative rock music. Their newest album, “When You See Yourself,” would be placed in the genre alternative rock.
Caleb Followill explained to Apple Music the band’s eighth LP. “I wrote songs about youth, I wrote songs about being at the age where everything feels like it’s going so slow you want to get out of your reality. A lot of the lyrics are just coming to terms with what’s to come and what has already happened. I don’t know what was going on-maybe I was smoking weed or something,” said Followill.
After listening through the album I was highly surprised with their music. I will be honest, I was not excited to review this album because the band gave off blues vibes. Now, after listening to the new album, I absolutely love the band. However, I have yet to listen to their past songs.
Some of the songs I enjoyed were “Golden Restless Age,” “Echoing” and “When You See Yourself, Are You Far Away.” I thought these songs were full of life and youth. The guitar and drums put my mind in a happy state. Especially during the song “Golden Restless Age.”
“Golden Restless Age” is a song full of youth and inspiration for yourself. The band uses the lyrics, “They fall, you rise/It’s here, your time” to emphasize how this song is made to make you feel better about yourself. I was listening to this song in my dorm while working on homework and by the end of the song I was out of my seat dancing and smiling.
“Echoing” is a song about a couple who are being institutionalized based on different mental problems. They both dream about being with one another on the oceanfront and taking in the breathtaking views. The couple starts to realize that the pills they are forced to take may be creating these views. The lyrics, “I’m waiting on a memory/Waiting on a memory, oh/Said if you and you’re willing to dance/We could take it to the high seas/Echoing, echoing where do we stand?” was the band's way of telling the couple’s story.
Finally, the last song, “When You See Yourself, Are You Far Away,” is about finding yourself. I interpreted this song to have a meaning of recreating yourself and saying goodbye to past events for the last time. Do I know where I’m going in this journey of life? No. Am I ready to be done with the past and move on with my life? Yes. This song gave me the courage to be done living in the past.
Overall, this album was a 10/10. I loved everything about the album. Going from the lyrics to the title, it was all fantastically put together. I encourage everyone to give this album a shot. Who knows, maybe one of these songs will change your point of view on life.
The views expressed are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect those of The Torch.