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Kings Of Leon – Live At The O2: London, England (2009/Sony Music Blu-ray)


Picture: B-     Sound: B     Extras: D     Concert: B-



With only the faintest hint of Country, Kings Of Leon former in 1999 and have become one of the more consistent bands in a genre that has been in trouble since the late 1980s.  A family band (Anthony Caleb Followill is the lead singer/rhythm guitar, brother Michael Jared Followill is on bass guitar/backing singer other brother Ivan Nathan Followill is drummer/percussionist/backing singer and cousin Cameron Matthew Followill is lead guitar/backing vocal), they have released four studio albums and Live At The 02: London, England is their first concert on Blu-ray.


Songs include:


1)     Notion

2)     Be Somebody

3)     Taper Jean Girl

4)     My Party

5)     Molly’s Chambers

6)     Red Morning Light

7)     Fans

8)     California Waiting

9)     Milk

10)  Closer

11)  Crawl

12)  Four Kicks

13)  Charmer

14)  Sex On Fire

15)  The Bucket

16)  On Call

17)  Cold Desert

18)  Use Somebody

19)  Slow Night, So Long

20)  Knocked Up

21)  Manhattan

22)  Black Thumbnail



Playing so long together has made them a tighter band than most and it shows in this 100 minutes show.  I have heard them here and there, but they sound as good here as they ever did and though it did not make me a fan, I was surprised how rich the music was and how much energy they had.  The audience is having fun and Director Nick Wickham (Beyoncé – I’m Yours, Sharika – Oral Fixation) proves once again he can deliver a concert recording visually and otherwise.


Now I look forward to see what this band does next.


The 1080i 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image has some motion blur and the camera keeps overdoing the slight in-and-out focus/unfocus bit we have seen in too many Music Videos, hampering the playback a bit.  This was shot on HD video and has some noise throughout to begin with, but that is the style.  The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 48/24 lossless mix is listed as PCM 5.1 at the same rate, but sounds good, warm, rich and full just the same, though I wanted more of a soundfield.  It is still superior to the PCM 2.0 Stereo and Dolby Digital 5.1 mixes also included.  There are no extras.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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