Saturday, January 10, 2009

Use Somebody

Kings of Leon may be a new favorite of mine.

So far, I've only heard two songs by the band; the recently popular, upbeat Sex On Fire, which I have discovered to be the perfect song to turn up in the car when you're driving back roads on a sunny day ...
... and the track I'm going to tell you about in this post.

Use Somebody is a soft, simple track, with so much emotion it's impossible not to be drawn. Everything about this song captivates me; the quiet, straight-forward lyrics, the conspicuous bass line, the strumming of the rhythm guitar, the short guitar solo, not overdone ... and the drums, the crashing symbols, which seems to tie it all together.
However, what truly caught my attention in this song - and Sex On Fire, and probably any other Kings of Leon song I will listen to in the future - is the vocals. Caleb Followill's vocal styling is very unique, and his delivery is flawless. His great lead vocals are made that much more spectacular when they are paired with his backing vocals, which usually consist of alternating higher and lower notes in a range that gives you shivers. It's impossibly not to appreciate the emotion in these Kings of Leon tracks - and others, I'm sure - with Caleb's powerful voice delivering the lyrics.
As a whole, I just adore this track. I can't stop listening to it. Use Somebody is really an example of how you can say so much in so little words.

A final note, which is irrelevant to my opinions on the track, but which I found to be very interesting and just, sweet ...
Kings of Leon is made up of Caleb, Jared, Matthew and Nathan Followill. I would assume the relationships are brothers.
A band of four brothers. How cool is that? I've never seen a band whose members all shared the same last name (:

Use Somebody is simply a lovely track, and I think you'll appreciate it most if you take a listen to it yourself. Watching the video may also help you get a feel for the power behind this simple, quiet song.

This is Use Somebody, by Kings of Leon.

Kings of Leon - Use Somebody Official Music Video

Kings of Leon - Use Somebody

Use Somebody
Kings of Leon

I've been roaming around, always looking down at all I see.
Painted faces, fill the places I can't reach.

You know that I could use somebody ...

Someone like you, and all you know, and how you speak.
Countless lovers, under cover of the street.

You know that I could use somebody ...
Someone like you.

Off in the night, while you live it up, I'm off to sleep.
Waging wars to shape the poet and the beat.
I hope it's gonna make you notice ...

Someone like me;
Someone like me, somebody ...
Someone like you;
Someone like you, somebody ...

I've been roaming around, always looking down at all I see ...

Finally, I'd like to dedicate this review to Steven's Untitled Rock Show which, regretfully, has been cancelled.
I first discovered Use Somebody through Steven's show, and the video was played on the show in the final episodes.
Fuse won't be the same without SURS :(


Savy said...

I love Caleb Followill's voice! And I really love this song. Great review.

I'm so sad! Why did they cancel SURS? *tear tear* :(

•¦Amy¦• said...

I've heard of them, but haven't had the chance to actually listen. :[

I can't watch the video now, but it's defintely on my list of things to do!

Good post :]