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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 seven-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.

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...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!


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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