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Walls (Kings of Leon album)

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Walls
KoLWALLS.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 14, 2016
Recorded2015–16
Genre
Length42:42
LabelRCA
ProducerMarkus Dravs
Kings of Leon chronology
Mechanical Bull
(2013)
Walls
(2016)
Singles from Walls
  1. "Waste a Moment"
    Released: September 9, 2016
  2. "Around the World"
    Released: September 19, 2017[2]
  3. "Reverend"
    Released: February 7, 2017[1]

Walls (stylized as WALLS) is the seventh studio album by American rock band Kings of Leon. It was released on October 14, 2016, by RCA Records. The album title is an acronym for We Are Like Love Songs, which continues the band's unwritten rule of having five-syllable album titles.[3][4][5]

Background

Following a New Year's Eve show in Nashville, Nathan Followill said the band was aiming to release album seven in 2016: "We've already started pre-production in our studio for the next record, but the main thing on the calendar for 2016 is getting the record finished. And then the whole press machine kicks up and doing press for the record." Caleb Followill added, "We enjoy this part of the process. Obviously there's a lot of work that goes into it and it can get stressful at times, but we're all in a good place and we're having fun with it and we're all excited to do something new." The album was recorded at Henson Studios in Los Angeles, with Caleb saying the band was looking for inspiration: "We might just try to get a little change of scenery. Our first two albums we recorded in L.A., so we're going to try to go back and see if it inspires us," he said. "If it doesn't, we always have a studio at home, so we can always come back."

In August, the band announced that album title would be We Are Like Love Songs (aka WALLS), and that it would be released on October 14, 2016.[6]

Promotion

On September 10, 2016, Kings of Leon headlined at the Saturday evening Lollapalooza Europe music festival, in Berlin, Germany, which featured songs from all their albums, plus the new "Waste a Moment". Kings of Leon performed "Waste a Moment" on Today and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on October 14, 2016.[7]

The Walls Tour began on January 12, 2017.[8]

On January 18, 2017, Kings of Leon performed "Reverend" on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.[9]

Singles

The album's lead single, "Waste a Moment", was released on September 9, 2016. The song peaked at number one on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart, their first chart topper since 2010.

"Walls" was released as a single on September 23, 2016.[10]

Kings of Leon released an official video for the track "Find Me" in December 2016 which acted as a companion clip to their video for single ‘Waste a Moment'. [11]

The second official single, "Reverend", was sent to alternative radio on February 7, 2017. It was previously released as the album's third promotional single on October 6, 2016.

The third official single, "Around the World", was sent to alternative radio on September 19, 2017. It was previously released as the album's second promotional single on September 29, 2016.

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?5.4/10[12]
Metacritic62/100[13]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[14]
The Daily Telegraph3/5 stars[15]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[16]
The Guardian3/5 stars[17]
The Independent2/5 stars[18]
NME4/5 stars[19]
The Observer3/5 stars[20]
Pitchfork4.5/10[21]
Q3/5 stars[22]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[23]

Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 62 out of 100 based on 23 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[13] Dave Simpson of The Guardian said that with the album, the band returned to its sound from eight years ago.[17] Rolling Stone's Will Hermes admired producer Markus Dravs's "job of translating Followill's signature sound slurred delivery and the band's muscular jangle into thicker arrangements, though the rest feel generic."[23]

Accolades

Publication Accolade Rank Ref.
NME NME's Albums of the Year 2016
32

Commercial performance

Walls debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with 77,000 album-equivalent units, of which 68,000 were traditional album sales.[25] The next week, the album fell from number one to 20, making it the 10th largest drop from number one on the Billboard 200 as of December 2016. It was the biggest drop of the year until Bon Jovi released This House Is Not for Sale in November 2016. It is Kings of Leon's first number one album in the US, besting the number two peak of Mechanical Bull and Come Around Sundown.[25] It also debuted at number one in Ireland,[26] New Zealand,[27] and the UK.[28]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Caleb Followill, Nathan Followill, Jared Followill and Matthew Followill.

No.TitleLength
1."Waste a Moment"3:03
2."Reverend"3:54
3."Around the World"3:34
4."Find Me"4:05
5."Over"6:10
6."Muchacho"3:09
7."Conversation Piece"4:59
8."Eyes on You"4:40
9."Wild"3:39
10."WALLS"5:29
Total length:42:42

Personnel

Kings of Leon

Additional musicians

Production

  • Robin Baynton – engineer
  • Anthony Cairns – assistant
  • Markus Dravs – producer
  • Nicolas Essig – assistant engineer
  • Christopher Followill – assistant
  • Michael Freeman – mixing assistant
  • Britti Himelfarb – assistant
  • Ted Jensenmastering
  • Dylan Nelson – assistant engineer
  • Brent Rawlings – assistant
  • Mitch Salle – assistant
  • Jay Schleusener – assistant
  • Spike Stentmixing
  • Geoff Swan – mixing assistant
  • Jessica Windsor – assistant

Charts

Certifications and sales

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Poland (ZPAV)[58] Gold 10,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[59] Gold 40,000double-dagger
United Kingdom (BPI)[60] Gold 100,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

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