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Youth and Young Manhood

Kings of Leon

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Album Review

The Kings of Leon are the sons of a preacher and their debut album, Youth and Young Manhood, is their hymnal of rock & roll redemption. The brothers (and one cousin) Followill work with producer Ethan Johns for a rattling country-rock hootenanny, basically reviving the deep-fried Southern rock found on the band's first EP, Holy Roller Novocaine. Four of the five cuts featured in that set are included for a second time and they're nicely seeded in all their honky tonk rowdiness among the band's seven brand new tracks. Launching things off is the swanky "Red Morning Light." Guitarist Matthew Followill immediately establishes himself as a skilled musician, complementing his brother Caleb's coarse-grained drawl. "Joe's Head" is the closest the band comes to sounding like Tom Petty and Gregg Allman. "Spiral Staircase" finds Caleb causing trouble Bon Scott-style, while the band hints at some shenanigan-like behavior with some psychedelic pop. Youth and Young Manhood isn't sonically adventurous, but in the new-millennium pop realm, some greasy licks sure sound good.

Customer Reviews


Where the hell is talihina sky????

Rock N' Roll!

This is Rock music in all its dirty, sexy and dangerous glory! In my opinion this is the Kings of Leon's best album, it is simple, raw and rock and roll. There is little gloss an slick production like some of their later albums, it is just loud guitars filthy songs and danger. They have a sound that is like Jet if they got in a drunken brawl and forgot to tune their guitars. Don't judge these guys by "Use Somebody" and check out Youth and Young Manhood if your a fan of gritty rock and roll!

Talihina Sky (hidden track)

If you're looking for the amazing track "Talihina Sky" it combined on the track for "Holy Roller Novacaine". That's why the song is 12 minutes long. If you wait for like 4 minutes after "HRN" plays, you'll begin to hear "Talihina Sky". You're welcome :)


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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