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Because of the Times

Kings of Leon

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For their third studio album, Nashville’s Kings of Leon have continued their mastery of ‘70s rock. The three sons of a Pentecostal minister, the Followill brothers – Nathan, Caleb and Jared – and their first cousin Matthew, have taken the lessons of the Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers and the boogie of Black Oak Arkansas and applied them to their own old-fashioned southern rock sensibilities, luxuriating in unhurried mid-tempo rockers (“Fans,” “The Runner”) that bump and shuffle with loose grooves and unrequited woman love. Imagine the Black Crowes without the machismo. The opening cut, “Knocked Up,” sets the tone. At seven minutes, it’s the album’s longest cut and leisurely unfolds to reveal singer Caleb driving his pregnant girlfriend out of town in his Coup DeVille just a step ahead of her irate family. There’s no braggadocio, only calm reassurance that the future will somehow work out. And that’s Caleb’s attitude throughout. He sings in a forceful croon that rises in passion but never gets too involved in what could be a heavy situation. He turns slightly demented for the psychedelic R&B of “My Party” and seems genuinely sad to close things up with the calming brood of “Arizona.”

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 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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