30 Best Albums of 2010

Kanye's 'Fantasy' conquered reality; the Black Keys locked into a groove; Arcade Fire burned down the suburbs

Kings of Leon, 'Come Around Sundown'

18. Kings of Leon, 'Come Around Sundown'


The best arena-rock album of the year. The backwoods doo-wop flair of "Mary" and country-U2 yearning in "Back Down South" catch the Kings at the perfect midpoint between pure pop and down-home. And the staccato "End," Sundown's first song, sounds like a new beginning.

Will Hermes' Original Review
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