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Because of the Times

Kings of Leon

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Album Review

Leaning even further toward a kind of post-punk meets prog rock aesthetic than on their first two albums, Nashville-based Kings of Leon have crafted a darker, less pop-oriented and somewhat cerebral affair with 2007's Because of the Times. In fact, if Alan Parsons lent the Allman Brothers his spaceship, Because of the Times would be the resulting space odyssey. While that leads to some intriguing moments, the general move away from strong, hooky choruses to a focus on expansive, intricate and percussive arrangements may challenge casual and even some longtime fans of the band's catchy, Southern garage rock twang. That said, cuts like the atmospheric and brooding lead-off track "Knocked Up" showcase lead-singer Caleb Followill's growing maturity as a singer and lyricist, and bring to mind favorable comparisons to such artists as Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen. Similarly, the moody single "On Call" and the roiling, dramatic "McFearless," while not immediately hummable, do sink into your memory, revealing layers of melody and emotion on repeated listens.

Customer Reviews

...another one of the great 2007 listens

Sometimes it’s easily to tell the path that band’s popularity/success will follow. As a general rule, modern rock bands struggle to make anything as good as their first album (say - Franz Ferdinand, The Strokes), but every once in a while a band starts off kind of bad but gets better. ‘Youth and Young Manhood’ isn’t a horrible album, but ‘Aha Shake Heartbreak’ was a definite improvement. With the idea that the Kings of Leon were producing better material as time moved on a betting man would say that their 3rd album would be another step up from their first 2 offerings. It’s hard to say what part of the formula has changed. Matthew Followill’s guitars are still scratchily magnificent, the rhythm section (Jared and Nathan) continues to be both heavy and funky, while Caleb’s raspy vocals are still nearly impossible to decipher. But the songs are different this time round - there seems to be more depth and energy to this album even on the slow-burners. ‘True Love Way’ is a love song that plays loud and with a degree of fury, while the stonking rock tracks (’Black Thumbnail’, ‘McFearless’, ‘Charmer’) are generally easy to digest - even with Caleb’s loose and crazy vocals. Actually, this time round, the vocal delivery is considerably easier to understand, but tracks like ‘Ragoo’ definately make you pay attention (especially if you want to comprehend what the track is about). It’s a fun album - writing songs about loose women, roadtrips and fast cars could only ever end up with good-time stories - with the highlights coming from the lead-off single ‘On-Call’ and the road trip soundtrack ‘Fans’. The Kings of Leon are definitely on a upward trajectory - and this may be the album that makes them more than a cult favorite - another one of the great 2007 listens.

Long Live the Kings...

From the opening track of Because of the Times - Knocked Up (a charming wee seven-minute ditty about getting your girlfriend pregnant) - this album delivers. The songs are crafted, yet have a punk-ladden resonance that means that they must deliver one hell of a punch played live. I haven't listened to a lot of KOL but will certainly go and buy their earlier work on the strength of this now manic, now smooth, now funked masterpiece. Thank God some bands are still prepared to play interesting music. Ragoo is a stand-out track for me. Thank you iTunes for putting it on special!

F@#$ing fantastic!

what an album.. what a band.. what more can i say. stand out songs: -knocked up ( 7 minutes of pure heaven) -mcfearless.. favourite song on the album.. the distorted sound on this song reminds me of the old U2 -ragoo -arizona.. a slower, more reflective song. happy buying hope this helps!

Biography

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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