RCA Records announced that Kings of Leon’s Mechanical Bull, has debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 chart this week. The album also bows in at #1 on the Rock and Alternative Album charts and #2 on the Digital chart. The album debuted at #1 in the UK, which makes it the 4th consecutive Kings of Leon record to do so
Mechanical Bull was produced by Angelo Petraglia and was recorded at the band’s studio in Nashville, TN.
The press reaction to the new record has been fantastic. The NY Times said that with Mechanical Bull, “anthemic is the goal and anthemic is the end result,” while Entertainment Weekly said the album finds the band “recapturing the white-lightning-in-a-bottle spark.”
The NY Daily News awarded the album five stars out of five, hailing that it “boasts the most clear-eyed performances, finest writing and sharpest focus of KOL’s career.” Rolling Stone said the new songs “quake with soul, country and gospel history,” and MTV claimed the album is “the Kings at their most powerful and complete.” Spin called Mechanical Bull the band’s “most seasoned” album and said that Kings of Leon are at “the peak of their skill.”