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Editors’ Notes

For their third studio album, Nashville’s Kings of Leon have continued their mastery of ‘70s rock. The opening cut, “Knocked Up,” sets the tone. Caleb 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.”

Customer Reviews

Jumping Inspiration

KOL borrowed in the past from 60s 70s garage, soul, and funk which was raw and fun. This release is a little darker, a little slicker, and lifts a page from the late 80s early 90s. It definitely rocks start to finish, and also borrows from fellow Nashvillians the Screamin' Cheetah Wheelies - popular in the 80s 90s local scene. And that ain't a bad thing to be biting on at all. : ) If you're looking for ironic, über indie stuff maybe look elsewhere. But if you like your music to rock and sting a little bit, this is for you.

Nothing good about it

I was very surprised to see all the 5 star ratings. I gave the album 2 stars simply out of the little bit of respect I still have for the band. Believe me, I'm not one of those fans who trashes they're favorite bands when the start getting noticed. I'm never jealous that tons of people found out about "my band". I snap back at people all the time who throw around the whole "sell out" speech. I'm always thrilled when a band that I've been into for a while "makes it". But this album is simply a poor effort by KoL. They always had a remarkable ability to turn simple guitar riffs into beautiful melodies, this album totally lacks that quality. The lyrics sound like they were pasted on top of the music where as they used to blend in like an extra instrument. If it wasn't for the unmistakable voice I wouldn't even know it was a KoL album. When I first heard "On Call" I thought, "Ok, just the single, hopfully it turns out to be worst track on the album." Turns out it's the best of the worst. If you love all the crap they play in rotation on your local rock station you'll probably like this album because that's all it is, nothing exciting, nothing cutting edge, not at all like the Kings of Leon album I had hoped for.

A new, exciting KoL

I've loved every Kings album previously, and this is no exception. However, 'Because of the Times' stands alone from their previous work in terms of creativity, diversity, and raw energy. It has a quite different sound from their other albums; they seem to strive for uniqueness in this album. My favorite is 'Charmer'; I can't get enough of those shrieks! So insane.


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 hair, mustaches,...
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