Kings of Leon, Can We Please Have Fun Review


Kings of Leon, Can We Please Have Fun Review

by Rudy Palma

Kings-Of-Leon-All-About-Vocals-CDKings of Leon have always been a band that wears its heart on its sleeve, with a sound that straddles the line between Southern rock authenticity and arena-filling grandeur. Their ninth studio album, Can We Please Have Fun, released on May 10, 2024, under Capitol Records, sees the band rediscovering the joy of making music together. Produced by Kid Harpoon, known for his work with Harry Styles and Florence + the Machine, this album shows the band’s evolution, their stellar songwriting and the unmistakable voice of Caleb Followill.

From the opening notes of “Ballerina Radio,” it’s clear that Kings of Leon have crafted an album that is catchy and expansive. The song builds from an ethereal intro into a robust, alternative rock-inspired crescendo. “Rainbow Ball” shifts gears with its punk-infused energy. Well-written guitar riffs support Followill’s outstanding vocal range adds intensity to the song.

The band’s songwriting continues to shine brightly on “Nowhere to Run.” Here, they juxtapose a feel changes and textured guitar parts.  Caleb’s emotive vocals create a dynamic landscape that keeps the listener engaged from start to finish. “Mustang” stands out as a prime example of the band’s knack for blending genres. With intricate guitar work, and expressive vocals, this track harkens back to the raw energy of their early days. Caleb’s vocals has just the right amount of growl, make this song one of the most infectious tracks on the album. “Actual Daydream” flows with Followill’s warm vocal tone, enhanced by layered background vocals in the chorus. This track exemplifies the bands ability to experiment with different sounds while maintaining their signature style.

Caleb Followill’s voice is the linchpin of Kings of Leon’s sound, and on Can We Please Have Fun, his vocals are more expressive and dynamic than ever. On “Split Screen,” he delves into the rock persona. His imaginative and charismatic delivery adds emotional weight to the track, making it a standout moment on the album. “Don’t Stop The Bleeding” showcases yet another facet of Followill’s vocal capabilities. With a different timbre, his voice navigates the song’s melody with ease.

“Nothing to Do” returns to the familiar territory for the band, with textured guitars and steady bass. Followill’s vocals are powerful and emotive, effortlessly moving through the song’s melody with passion and precision. “M Television” brings Followill’s playful embellishments to the melody, while the various instrument textures and feels keep it upbeat and edgy.

Can We Please Have Fun has strong songwriting and vocal performances, showcasing Kings of Leon at their most liberated and creative in years. The album reflects a band that is comfortable in its own skin, willing to experiment and push boundaries while staying true to their roots. Can We Please Have Fun is a vibrant, dynamic, and engaging offering that stands as a testament to the band’s enduring talent and passion for rock and roll.


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