Kings of Leon Return to Roots with New Album 'Can We Please Have Fun'

Kings of Leon release their ninth studio album, "Can We Please Have Fun", featuring 12 new tracks with a raw and unpredictable sound. The album marks the band's evolution while staying true to their roots, as they celebrate their third decade together.

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Kings of Leon Return to Roots with New Album 'Can We Please Have Fun'

Kings of Leon Return to Roots with New Album 'Can We Please Have Fun'

Kings of Leon have released their ninth studio album, "Can We Please Have Fun", featuring 12 new tracks that showcase a raw and unpredictable sound reminiscent of their early days. The album, recorded at Dark Horse studios in Franklin, TN with producer Kid Harpoon, reflects the band's desire to return to their roots and celebrate their third decade together.

The album has a punky, garage feel, with a focus on bass and drums, and Caleb Followill's distinctive vocals. Tracks like "Hesitation Generation" and "Nothing to Do" feature a raw, edgy sound, while "Actual Daydream" has a country-infused indie vibe. The first single "Mustang" is angular and strutting, "Don't Stop the Bleeding" is a sultry arena banger, and "Nowhere to Run" is a high-energy track.

"Split Screen" stands out as the album's brightest track, a slow-burning song with enigmatic lyrics that nod to mid-life crisis and parental angst. Featuring a guitar noodle and a mix of minimalist and coiled power, it's one of the band's best tracks. The lyrics, "If I could be so bold all the time", seem to be a prayer for the band and their listeners to embrace their inner "mustangs" and live boldly.

Lyric-wise, the album has shifted from themes of sex and passion in their earlier work to more mature topics like family life, with references to crying babies on airplanes and hair extensions. The album is produced by Kid Harpoon, who has worked with artists like Harry Styles, Florence + The Machine, and Miley Cyrus.

Kings of Leon, consisting of brothers Caleb, Jared, and Nathan Followill, and cousin Matthew Followill, signed to RCA in 2002 and released their debut album "Youth And Young Manhood" in 2003 to positive reviews. Their early years saw moderate success until their 2008 single "Sex on Fire" became a massive hit and catapulted them to mainstream fame.

"Can We Please Have Fun" marks Kings of Leon's ninth album, 21 years after their debut. With its raw sound and mature themes, the album showcases the band's evolution while staying true to their roots. As they embark on a North American tour this summer and fall, Kings of Leon prove they still have more to give as they celebrate their third decade together.