Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Surly but Sinewy Songs of the South

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Surly but Sinewy Songs of the South

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Byline: PETE CLARK

Kings of Leon Forum, NW5 POP I HAVE just one gripe about this concert, something that has stuck in my craw and needs to be hawked up.

These Kings of Leon came across as a somewhat charmless bunch. It is true that some of the more sceptical UK observers of rock's rich pageant have seen fit to doubt the authenticity of the Followill clan's claim to being the three sons and one nephew of a defrocked Deep South hellfire whiskey preacher.

There have also been murmurings about an element of caveman misogyny that occasionally surfaces in their lyrics. Their hair is decidedly long. It cannot also be denied that singer Caleb had a cold, not least because he told us of it.

Yeah, verily, he had a cold. In rock 'n' roll terms, however, having a cold is akin to having a secret addiction to Horlicks: you just don't talk about it.

Whatever the reason, Caleb and his crew were not giving off that "I love London" vibe. …

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