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WALLS
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Studio album by Kings of Leon
ReleasedOctober 14, 2016
Recorded2015–16
Genre
  • Alternative rock
  • indie rock
Length42:42
LabelRCA
ProducerMarkus Dravs
Kings of Leon chronology
Singles from WALLS
  1. "Waste a Moment"
    Released: September 9, 2016
  2. "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.[2][3][4]

Contents

  • 1 Background
  • 2 Promotion
    • 2.1 Singles
  • 3 Critical reception
    • 3.1 Accolades
  • 4 Commercial performance
  • 5 Track listing
  • 6 Personnel
  • 7 Charts
    • 7.1 Weekly charts
    • 7.2 Year-end charts
  • 8 Certifications and sales
  • 9 References
  • 10 External links

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.[5]

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.[6]

The Walls Tour began on January 12, 2017.[7]

On January 18, 2017, Kings of Leon performed "Reverend" on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.[8]

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.

The first promotional single, the album's title track, was released on September 22, 2016. The second promotional single, "Around the World", was released a week after, on September 29, 2016.

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.[9]

Critical reception

WALLS received mixed reviews. Dave Simpson of the The Guardian says that with the album, the band has returned to its sound from eight years ago.[14] 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."[20]

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.[22] 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.[22] It also debuted at number one in Ireland,[23] New Zealand,[24] and the UK.[25]

Track listing

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

Personnel

Kings of Leon

  • Caleb Followill – lead and backing vocals, guitar, percussion
  • Matthew Followill – backing vocals, guitar, percussion
  • Jared Followill – backing vocals, bass, percussion
  • Nathan Followill – backing vocals, drums, percussion

Additional musicians

  • Liam O'Neil – background vocals, Clavinet, Jupiter-8, mellotron, minimoog, percussion, piano, prophet synthesizer, synthesizer, Wurlitzer

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 Jensen – mastering
  • Dylan Nelson – assistant engineer
  • Brent Rawlings – assistant
  • Mitch Salle – assistant
  • Jay Schleusener – assistant
  • Spike Stent – mixing
  • Geoff Swan – mixing assistant
  • Jessica Windsor – assistant

References

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  2. ^ Winograd, Jeremy. "Kings of Leon: WALLS". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 20 November 2016. 
  3. ^ Hooton, Christopher. "Kings of Leon new album Walls: Band break their five-syllable album title tradition for the first time". The Independent. 
  4. ^ Earls, John. "Kings Of Leon's new album includes songs about addiction and Caleb Followill's supermodel wife". NME. Retrieved 20 November 2016. 
  5. ^ Ringen, Jonathan (August 25, 2016). "Kings of Leon on Renewing Their Family Ties, Survival Tips From Eddie Vedder & New Album 'Walls'". Billboard. Retrieved October 7, 2016. 
  6. ^ Dawn, Randee (October 14, 2016). "The Kings of Leon get a royal reception on TODAY". Today. 
  7. ^ Leight (October 14, 2016). "Kings of Leon Announce First Leg of 'Walls' Tour". Rolling Stones. 
  8. ^ Blistein, Jon (January 19, 2017). "Watch Kings of Leon Invoke Epic Reverend On Fallon". Rolling Stone. 
  9. ^ Morgan Britton, Luke (7 October 2016). "Listen to Kings Of Leon's new track 'Reverend'". NME.com. Retrieved October 7, 2016. 
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External links

  • Kings of Leon – Walls at AllMusic. Retrieved October 14, 2016.
  • "iTunes (United States) - Music - Kings of Leon- Walls". iTunes (US). October 14, 2016. Retrieved October 14, 2016. 
  • https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/reviews/compact_discs/kings_of_leon/walls/index.html
   

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