(Kings of Leon circa 2003: Remember when they looked like This?)

NME reported today that the mega famous near ubiquitous Kings of Leon have confirmed a title and release date for the follow up to 2008’s “Only By The Night.” Apparently, a little bird excrement wasn’t enough to dampen their spirits.

“Come Around Sundown” will hit stores on October 18 in the UK, where they were superstars long before that song that can be easily interpreted as being about an STD, and October 19 in the US. According to the article, the album was recorded in New York’s Avatar Studios with Angelo Petraglia and Jacquire King, the two people responsible for producing “Only By The Night.” You can expect more stadium-sized choruses and the continuing departure from the band’s Tennessee roots. Honest to god, the first time I heard “Use Somebody,” I thought Pearl Jam had decided to make a southern rock album, quickly realizing that would be an insult to flannel-clads everywhere.

The band’s first two albums, 2003’s “Youth and Young Manhood” and 2005’s “Aha Shake Heartbreak” were good enough to differentiate the band from their rock-revival peers with their Southern charms and sensibilities. The first half of “Because of the Times” continued that trend. From then on, it was apparent that the band became more concerned with being on top of the world and staying there, sacrificing quality along the way.

It will be interesting to see if Kings of Leon are able to duplicate the success of their last album with “Come Around Sundown.” Of course, if that means having to endure songs of “Sex On Fire” and “Use Somebody” caliber, I think I’ll just wait to read the next week’s issue of Billboard.

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