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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.

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This album reminds of some of AC/DC's older music. The singer sounds incredibly like Bon Scott.

A Classic Record, an Embarrassment for Jared?

Just read an interview where Jared Followill says he "can barely listen to" their first and second records and that they were "cringeworthy" for him. He says "Because of the Times is like our first record". Really?! I have a ton of music on my iPod & I still revisit those first 2 records, especially Youth & Young Manhood, which is a classic. Unfortunately, I can't say that about any of their other records. I guess they moved on to bigger & better things, making music for 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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