It's official: Kings of Leon will release their fifth studio album, titled Come Around Sundown, on October 19, a band spokesperson confirms exclusively to SPIN.com.
The record, the follow-up to their blockbuster 2008 release Only by the Night, will feature 13 songs, which the band recorded with producer Jacquire King (Norah Jones, Be Your Own Pet) and longtime mentor-collaborator Angelo Petraglia in New York City. The sessions found frontman Caleb Followill and Co. stepping outside their traditional guitar-bass-drums arrangements, adding fiddle, trumpet, and lap steel to select tracks.
Kings of Leon -- named SPIN's 2009 Artist of the Year -- have been performing some of the new tracks live on tour all summer, including songs with working titles like "The Immortals," "Mary," "Going Back Down South," and "Radioactive."
SPIN's Charles Aaron said the band's headlining gig at Bonnaroo: The set's "real highlight was a clutch of new, as-yet-untitled songs that boasted a rootsier, possibly even more ambitious aesthetic -- one had a vaguely doo-wop vocal and a stomping Chuck Berry-ish guitar solo; another recalled a '70s country-rock road song that sounded like it could've been written for Trace Adkins or Dierks Bentley."
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