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Editors’ Notes

“Use Somebody” twirls in a splashing of guitar riffs and reverb-ed atmospherics, the backing vocals merging with the indistinct drones of the wispy keyboards. “Manhattan” most directly recalls the soulful screed of the Crowes’ Chris Robinson, while the band show unusual restraint leaving silences and space where they once would’ve come out with all guns drawn. With a jazzy precision “Crawl” and “Sex on Fire” employ a musical intricacy.

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"I Like Your Old Stuff Better Than Your New Stuff"

Earlier this year, I possibly could have killed someone to get hold of tickets to see KOL's Melbourne gig and from all accounts it was mind blowing. Based on what I've heard so far of this album, I think I would actually kill anyone who bought me a ticket to their next gig. KOL used to be the coolest, most rockin' band ever, now they sound boring, repetitive and just plain mind numbing. What ever happened to the tracks that made me and my mates want to get up and go mental playing our air guitars. Somehow I think the days of Molly's Chambers, California Waiting, Four Kicks, Taper Jean Girl and the likes are long gone. RIP Kings. Though this album seems to have won you heaps of new fans, I think it may lose you most of your old ones. Sorry for not being able to move on.


There has been all this hype about how 'disappointed' fans are with the new album only by the night saying that the Kings have missed the mark and left their once melodic, raw southern sounds behind. Their sound may have changed, but songs like Cold Desert and Use Somebody really show that it is for the better. I think it's best if fans be less critical and more open minded. Stick it out and keep listening to Only By The Night because I can almost guarantee you that it will grow on you. Stop being disappointed!! If they had kept releasing the same sound 3 records on from Youth and Young Manhood, then everyone would be sick of them, they have to keep it fresh.

Only By The Night

The King's fourth LP continues and expands the sound of their last allbum, Because of the Times. Fans who came to hear more of the Southern rock sound of the first two will be disappointed, because they have left that sound well and truly. A fantastic album. Check out Closer, Use Somebody and Be Somebody.


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 hair, mustaches,...
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