I love the new Kings of Leon album. They didn't just phone it in, which they could've done if they so desired. But on the contrary, they seem to love songwriting. The value in good songwriting is getting to showcase your new stuff live. If you've ever seen KoL live, you know they revel in this.
With each record they have grown. This latest affair Mechanical Bull, continues the trend.
Some would argue that now they make arena rock. I would argue they just write good songs, that can be performed well live. I'm lovin' me some "Rock City."