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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. The primitive, angry growls have turned to pensive moments of calm introspection (“Revelry,” “Cold Desert”). When they do ramp things up, it’s with a jazzy precision as “Crawl” and “Sex on Fire” employ a musical intricacy that would’ve been unthinkable back in the days of Youth and Young Manhood.

Customer Reviews


The boys have completely outdone themselves this time. They have refined their sound perfectly, while sticking to their unique rock and roll roots that made us fall in love with them years ago. This album will be a definitive mark in their career as they reach out to old & new fans on a completely new levels. WELL DONE BOYS, CONGRATULATIONS!!

Good ... ish

Aha Shake Heartbreak and Because of the Times are two of my favourite albums EVER, so only by the night had some serious pressure to live up. And it just doesn't. It doesn't have the dirty, southern-fried, hot and head banging oopmh that makes KOL so awesome. Closer, Notion, I Want You and Manhattan are awesome tracks, but the album is edging on boring as a whole and lacking direction. Still, in its own right, its a good album. But with two classic albums behind it, it doesn't cut the chase.

Must hear.

Simply brilliant.


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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