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Kings of Leon set to release new album

Kings Of Leon unveiled its fourth studio album for media last Thursday (June 19) at a bar in New York’s East Village, but band members snuck off before the playback began, perhaps not wanting to influence opinion.

Eleven tracks were played from “Only by the Night,” due Sept. 23 via RCA. A pinging keyboard sound introduces the spacey opener “Closer,” highlighted by a soulful vocal from Caleb Followill. Fuzzed-out bass drives a great, funky groove on “Crawl,” while “Sex on Fire” is a strident rocker with a sultry undercurrent.

The new album is the follow-up to 2007’s “Because of the Times,” which has sold 180,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Kings Of Leon will be on tour in Europe starting June 27 at the U.K.’s Glastonbury Festival, and will return stateside for an Aug. 9 set at the first All Points West festival at New Jersey’s Liberty State Park.