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The Kings inch closer to the arena rock crown with an expansive, grown-up take on their Southern blues. Recorded in their hometown of Nashville, there's an undeniable tip of the Stetson to country storytelling on this third album, whether it’s emotive 7-minute epic "Knocked Up” or the blazing emotional core powering "On Call". But mostly the Followills sound like no one other than themselves and by the time frontman Caleb’s scratchy howl lights up the squalling guitars on “Charmer” they’ve dragged the Grand Ole Opry to CBGB.

Customer Reviews

Good one!

I’m not too sure why everyone is going on about a ‘change of sound’ for the Kings of Leon – its true that this great new album is more laid back and bluesy than the first two rock ‘n’ roll stompers but the songs are stronger and the playing and singing are just getting better and better. With a singer like Caleb no-one will ever sound like the KOL and the KOL wont sound like anyone else and on the evidence of this album they really could turn out as one of the greats. Go buy.

Very good, but not brilliant!

I now own all three albums released by Kings Of Leon and have seen them live. Needless to say i'm a great fan but Because of the Times just doesn't strike me as their best work, different and obviously influenced by other recent musicians, by itsself it is a very sound album but if i were to advise somebody who just wanted to purchase one album by Kings Of Leon I would point them in the direction of their second, and in my opinion, best album Aha Shake Heartbreak.


This ablum is really worth buying, I mean it. If you have already heard 'On Call' and you like it, then you will love this ablum. Buy it, I command you. O_o


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 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, and tight-fitting...
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