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KINGS OF LEON WALLS

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Walls (Kings of Leon album)

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WALLS
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Studio album by Kings of Leon
ReleasedOctober 14, 2016
Recorded2015-16
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. "WALLS"
    Released: September 22, 2016
  3. "Around the World"
    Released: September 29, 2016
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 on a technicality.[citation needed]

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Background[edit]

Following their New Year's Eve show in Nashville, Nathan Followill said the band are 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 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 is likely to be recorded in LA, with Caleb saying the band are 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.[1]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic60/100[2]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[3]
NME4/5 stars[4]
The Guardian3/5 stars[5]
The Independant2/5 stars[6]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[7]
Pitchfork Media4.5/10[8]
Ultimate Guitar7.3/10[9]
Dave Simpson of the The Guardian says that with this album, the band has returned to its sound from eight years ago.[5] Rolling Stones' Will Hermes admire 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".[7]

Commercial performance[edit]

Walls debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with 77,000 album-equivalent units, of which 68,000 were traditional album sales.[10] 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.[10] It also debuted at number one in Ireland,[11] New Zealand,[12] and the UK.[13]

Promotion[edit]

On September 10, 2016, Kings of Leon headlined at the Saturday evening Lollapalooza Europe music festival, in BerlinGermany, which featured songs from all their albums plus "Waste a Moment". Kings of Leon performed "Waste a Moment" on Today and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on October 14, 2016.[14]
They are scheduled to start the Walls Tour on January 12, 2017.[15]

Singles[edit]

The first single from the album, "Waste a Moment", was released on September 9, 2016. The second single, "WALLS", was released on September 22. The third single "Around the World" was released on the September 29. The fourth song, "Reverend", was made available on streaming platforms on October 6.[16]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks 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[edit]

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 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

Charts[edit]

Chart (2016)Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[17]3
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[18]1
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[19]2
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[20]8
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[21]1
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[22]9
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[23]2
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[24]22
French Albums (SNEP)[25]38
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[26]2
Greek Albums (IFPI)[27]32
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[28]33
Irish Albums (IRMA)[11]1
Italian Albums (FIMI)[29]14
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[12]1
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[30]8
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[31]4
Scottish Albums (OCC)[32]1
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[33]9
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[34]3
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[35]2
UK Albums (OCC)[13]1
US Billboard 200[36]1

Certifications and sales[edit]


RegionCertificationCertified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[37]Silver60,000^
*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

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