June 01, 2009

Kings of Leon's Manhattan

An article from the Pegasus News Service describes Kings of Leon's latest album, includingthe soaring uplift of "Manhattan," which is partly about dancing and enjoying life and partly about the struggles of Native Americans. "'Manhattan' is actually a Native American word that means 'island of many hills,'" says Caleb, who adds that his family has Native American blood.

Comment:  I'd say Manhattan is a mediocre song. Also, the lyrics are a bit stereotypical: equating drinking and dancing with hunting, screaming, and roaming. In other words, Indians are wild and free...ho-hum.

For more on the subject, see Natives Sing It Their Way.

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