Album Review: "When You See Yourself" by Kings of Leon

RCA Records

Producer: Markus Dravs

While much about this eighth release from the Followills is focused on the NFT, the new-ish cryptocurrency method in which it is being marketed, let’s focus on the music. The songs here are true to their familiar, yet distinctive take on rock & roll traditions, with an interplay unique to sibling-based bands. “A Wave” has a gospel touch, and “Echoing,” and the first single “The Bandit,” are the closest the band gets to the rousing rockers one might recall from previous efforts. This collection reflects a mournful yearning, not the exuberant yearning the Kings exposed in their earlier releases. It’s an effective sound for these times.