October 22, 2010
New Albums: Kings of Leon and Glee
Kings of Leon – Come Around Sundown
Kings of Leon burst onto the music scene in 2003 with their first album, Youth and Young Manhood, which achieved most of its commercial success overseas in Australia and in the UK. The band didn’t reach major fame in the US until their 2008 album, Only by the Night, which contained their biggest hit to date, “Use Somebody.”
Come Around Sundown is the first album the Kings of Leon have released since the popular 2008 record, so I’m interested to see how it does. Their first single from the album, “Radioactive,” is slowly (but surely) making its way up the Billboard charts.
There are 13 new songs from Kings of Leon on Come Around Higher. I actually think a lot of it is pretty different from the stuff on Only by the Night, and definitely way different from their even older music. But that’s okay, right? Some people may be upset that they’re getting a little more mainstream, but hey, they’re evolving. I like “The End” and “No Money.” “The Immortals” is cool too, but I’m just waiting for the day that it’s dramatically used in a movie trailer.
Glee Cast – The Rocky Horror Glee Show
It seems like it’s been a little while since the cast of Glee released an actual album, huh? (And not just digital single releases…) Well, the homage to The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a perfect excuse to make some cash by putting out an album!
I have to admit, I only watched the movie for the first time recently. But that’s okay, I think if I had watched it years and years ago, I wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much. You have to appreciate its bizarreness, and I really do.
So the episode of Glee hasn’t yet aired (October 26), but the album’s coming out just in time, and is featuring all of the songs that will be shown on “The Rocky Horror Glee Show” itself: “Science Fiction Double Feature,” “Damn It, Janet,” “Whatever Happened to Saturday Night?” (originally performed by Meat Loaf but now performed by…..JOHN STAMOS), “Sweet Transvestite,” “Touch A Touch A Touch A Touch Me,” “There’s A Light (Over At the Frankenstein Place),” “Time Warp.”
Honestly, nothing can beat Tim Curry’s version of “Sweet Transvestite.” It was that good in the film. Also, “Time Warp” is always good because it features a whole ensemble cast instead of just a couple of voices.
As much as I feud with Glee, I’m kind of glad they’re doing this episode. I’m interested to see how it will be. Obviously it’ll never live up to the original cult classic, but a tribute is a tribute.
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