Kings of Leon, 'Mechanical Bull' (9/24)
"We needed to take a little time off," says Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill of the band's yearlong hiatus. "But we knew it wasn't over." The Kings' new LP ranges from pile-driving rockers like "Don't Matter" to loose, funky cuts like "Rock City" to the U2-ish ballad "Beautiful War." "When we got that down," adds Followill, "we thought, 'Shit, we've got our pop song – now let's go have fun.'"