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Album Review

Leaning even further toward a kind of post-punk meets prog rock aesthetic than on their first two albums, Nashville-based Kings of Leon have crafted a darker, less pop-oriented and somewhat cerebral affair with 2007's Because of the Times. In fact, if Alan Parsons lent the Allman Brothers his spaceship, Because of the Times would be the resulting space odyssey. While that leads to some intriguing moments, the general move away from strong, hooky choruses to a focus on expansive, intricate and percussive arrangements may challenge casual and even some longtime fans of the band's catchy, Southern garage rock twang. That said, cuts like the atmospheric and brooding lead-off track "Knocked Up" showcase lead-singer Caleb Followill's growing maturity as a singer and lyricist, and bring to mind favorable comparisons to such artists as Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen. Similarly, the moody single "On Call" and the roiling, dramatic "McFearless," while not immediately hummable, do sink into your memory, revealing layers of melody and emotion on repeated listens.

Customer Reviews

A Solid Album

"Because Of The Times" is a solid rock album from "Kings Of Leon" that nevertheless fails to produce the riviting, catchy, addictive songs of "Aha Shake Heartbreak", their preivous album. Despite a slow start the album reaches a crescendo with "Black Thumbnail", "Ragoo", and, to a lesser extent, "On Call", the extremely popular first single from the album. The album utilizes headphone independent sound, whereby every song has certain elements playing only through one earphone, making this album perfct to play on an iPod, and creating a really atmospheric sound. Overall, although far from being a disappointment and exhbiting inspired songwriting, this album fails to produce the great "one hear and you're hooked" songs of "Aha Shake Heartbreak". Still a brilliant rock album and a must have for all "Kings Of Leon" fans.

All Hail The New Kings!!!

Don’t you just hate it when an album gets so hyped up and finally gets released and it’s a flop? Well….. no such luck with the new Kings Of Leon album Because Of The Times. This record the third release from the Oklahoma boys is an absolute cracker. The album opens with 7-minute epic Knocked Up, a track about driving off with a pregnant girlfriend & starting a new life together. Charmer is a “screamer” of a song with Caleb bringing back his trademark screams that he made famous in Youth & Young Manhood. On Call brings back memories of their outstanding job of supporting Peal Jam last November. Other tracks such as McFearless, Arizona & Black Thumbnail were road tested on that tour and were met with strong appreciation from the crowd. Nothing has been lost in the production of these tracks to the album. The album also sees the band grow even more in confidence from their previous album. Caleb has written lyrics less cryptic and his vocals are a lot clearer. Musically the band as a whole has progressed. But in particular, Nathan (on drums), Jared (on bass) and Matthew (on lead guitar) have come along with huge leaps and bounds. It’s a big call to make so early on in the year, but my album of the year. All hail the new kings.

Outstanding

Consistantly enjoyable - every track has the potential to be a single. No filler, all killer. Just buy it.

Biography

Formed: 2000 in Nashville, TN

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Initially embraced as "the Southern Strokes" for their resurrection and reinvention of Dixie-styled rock & roll, Kings of Leon steadily morphed themselves into an experimental rock outfit during the 2000s. The Tennessee-bred quartet debuted in 2003 with the Holy Roller Novocaine EP, whose blend of raw, unpolished boogie rock was further explored on their debut full-length, Youth & Young Manhood. Such revivalist music was matched by a similarly revivalist appearance — including long...
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