Music Review: Kings of Leon tame themselves in 6th studio album, ‘Mechanical Bull’

We think there are lots of different ways that people can discover and enjoy music, and so this update is really about that. McKinney says that real-world music discovery is much more varied than how it works via most online products. You could hear about new music from a friend, or catch a song on the radio, find it on YouTube or by visiting the record store. Discovrs newfound goal is to unify all those methods of discovery into a single app. And as to its defining visual maps feature, thats not going away; its just changing. The music maps in the new release are sharable, as live, interactive pieces of content that the receiving party can then explore fully. And theyre also the basis for an upcoming feature that allows for generation and sharing of playlists, which will be called Visual Radio, McKinney tells me. Discovr is adding complexity to its product, but its also providing more of a consumption experience, McKinney says, vs. the previous versions high user input requirements. The stream that you see in the new Discovr is all about bringing you the music that matters to you, he said. Its a much more passive mode. This means we can support our more mainstream users with passive discovery, and our early adopter users with very active (map graph) discovery. The new Discovr app features a big boost thanks to new streaming content partnerships, but the startup is also going direct to artists for further its goals of helping promote musicians, and its starting at home with Tame Impala, a band based in Perth, which is also Filter Squads home base.

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By Associated Press, Three years after the Kings of Leons last record, the edgy, gravely rock foursome return in top shape with Mechanical Bull. The album takes the bands unique sound the recognizable longing guitars and Caleb Followills growl and adds a hint of melancholy and a stillness that gives the songs an aura of contentment. Looking for things to do? Select one or more criteria to search Kid-friendly Get ideas Nervy desire and wildness is still present in their music, most prominently in Tonight, with its sexy vibes of earlier hits that hinted at mad tumbling into lust, and in the obsessive strummings of Wait for Me. The playful notes of the first single, Supersoaker, set the tone, adding a sense of giddiness to the proceedings. Dont Matter goes full-on rock in the beginning but is gradually imbued with a hint of Billy Joel. Temple starts out noisily and morphs into the confident stage presence of a rock star. Beautiful War rounds up the sound with a heartfelt ballad that showcases Calebs voice. And Family Tree sounds like an old man trying to give advice to the young, who think they know better than everyone else. Despite tackling the familiar themes of drunken nights and tentative love, the songs weave the story of a man who knows the meaning of being lost and who has finally been found. Mechanical Bull isnt the anguished edgy ride youd expect from Kings of Leon but a fun, stirring experience you dont want to end. ____ Follow Cristina Jaleru on Twitter: Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.