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Only By the Night (Deluxe Version)

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As the Followill brothers (and cousin Matthew) grow up their sound matures in unexpected ways. Their first releases promoted a group tough on guitars and infatuated with a southern-slinging garage rock; their more recent work has turned its ears towards an anthemic arena rock that singer Caleb Followill embraces with the messianic streak of Bono himself (or at least the Black Crowes’ Chris Robinson). “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. By expanding their influences and options, Kings of Leon, for better and worse, have left their roots behind. 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. It’s this band’s natural evolution, but there’s no denying it’s a shock to the system.

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Wow, seems like everyone else loves it. Sadly, as a huge KOL fan, I'm massively disappointed. What I love about the Kings' albums are their variety: layered guitars and drawled lyrics alongside exciting, rock-out tunes. The rolling basslines and crashing guitars of earlier albums have given way to a more radio-friendly mid-tempo rock as they've matured, and I feel that this album is the conclusion of a road they threatened to go down in the last album: more Bruce Springsteen than Rolling Stones. Admittedly, 'Because of the Times' was a grower, but it was also their weakest album 'til this came along. I hate to be the guy who stops liking a band when they get massive, but where's the 'Charmer', 'Four Kicks' or 'Spiral Staircase'?

return to roots

I love you KOL but please,get out of the stadium and back in the bar like the first two albums.


SHAME! SHAME! SHAME! The boys are being pushed into the commercial market!! 12 TO 16s will love it!! Sorry but "the bucket" remix is SHOCKING!!!!!


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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