Read the following slowly. On ‘The Face’ of things, Kings of Leon seem to be ‘The Immortals’ of contemporary rock. The media-shy group may prefer things ‘Back Down South’, but in ‘The End’, when it’s time for business, they always ‘Pony Up’ and ride back to the ‘Radioactive’ world of selling hit record after hit record. Yes, these are all song titles from the Followills’ new album, Come Around Sundown.

Brothers Caleb, Nathan and Jared along with their cousin Matthew have consistently nailed down the perfect balance of ingredients to a successful song. 2008’s Only by the Night enjoyed huge commercial success and critical acclaim with infectious songs like ‘Sex on Fire’ and ‘Use Somebody’. With the latter being their biggest success to date, they went on to headline no less than ten festivals across 2008 and 2009, including Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds in the UK, as well as Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits in the USA.

Naturally then, much has been expected of the foursome, who actually hit the heights of fame in the UK before they did in their native USA. With this being their fifth studio album in seven years, one might think that they’d have become weary of this whole rock-n-roll thing, right? The answer is a resounding....yes, probably. First of all, though; Come Around Sundown is classic Kings of Leon; so have your air guitars at the ready.

‘Radioactive’ is a somewhat safe choice as a first single. It’s by no means the strongest track on the album, but it picks up nicely from where the last album left off. The first half of the album is exactly as you’d expect it to be: whaling guitars, whaling vocals and easy sing-along lyrics. Opener ‘The End’ sets this tone, and ‘Pyro’ and ‘The Face’ cement it, but by the time you get to ‘The Immortals’, the sound starts to feel tedious.

Thank God for ‘Back Down South'. Its charming deep Southern clatter saves the day, and from then on, it’s pretty smooth, if unspectacular, sailing. Again, most accurate thing to be said is that it is typical Kings of Leon.

It is surely now the case that the Kings of Leon are so big, so successful and so influential; that they can afford to break the mould. for better or for worse, Come Around Sundown is still riding the coattails of Only by the Night, but it will probably continue to dominate the airwaves and pick up awards.

A self-assessment of the album would probably incite no more than a nonchalant shrug from the guys themselves. It’s a quite passively made record, and it gets away with it by the skin of its teeth.