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Raunchy, revivalist garage rock with an irresistible dose of Southern-fried soul. That’s what the Followill family—comprised of sibling preacher’s sons Caleb, Nathan and Jared plus their cousin Matthew—conjure on a debut that beat plenty of the era’s skinny-tied big city boys at their own game. Whether they’re hurtling through sweaty-browed indie floor-fillers (“Wasted Time”, “Molly’s Chambers”), slow-burn blues (“Trani”, “Dusty”) or freewheeling Americana (“California Waiting”), these Tennessee tyros mint a sonic formula that’s as vital as it is outrageously infectious.

Customer Reviews

those were the days

kings of leon at their best, shame what they became.

Youth and young manhood

First and possibly their best album. Really shows where they came from. Recommend *****

Top album

First two albums by these are by far my most favourite albums of all time....guess this music wasn't commercial enough to appeal to the masses.....


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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