In an era where the Billboard and iTunes Top 10 is dominated by with same-y sounding, club-friendly, largely disposable AutoTune jams, the Kings of Leon are outliers. Their last album, Only By The Night, was released nearly two full years ago and is still firmly entrenched in the Billboard 200 (currently #115), and you would be hard-pressed to take a spin up and down the radio dial without coming across either “Sex On Fire” or “Use Somebody.” Their anthemic twist on Southern fried rock music is unique in the music industry today, which is just one of the many reasons that people are nine kinds of excited for the release of the Grammy-winning band’s fifth studio release, Come Around Sundown, next month.
The LP’s first single, “Radioactive,” picks up right where their two monster singles left off. While the formula of song — a slinky, way-down-the-neck guitar riff sits on top of a propulsive bass line, all the while building up to a monsterous, sing-along chorus — may seem familiar, we are forced to recall the wise idiom, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” The Followill brothers seem quite comfortable to live by those wise words, and we have very little doubt that their growing legion of fans will object. This song will no doubt be perched in our weekly VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown for weeks and months to come.
What do you think of the song? Will this be in heavy rotation on your iPod? Or were you hoping that the band would stretch in another direction? Any and all opinions are welcome, natch!