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Editors’ Notes

“Use Somebody” twirls in a splashing of guitar riffs and reverb-ed atmospherics, the backing vocals merging with the indistinct drones of the wispy keyboards. “Manhattan” most directly recalls the soulful screed of the Crowes’ Chris Robinson, while the band show unusual restraint leaving silences and space where they once would’ve come out with all guns drawn. With a jazzy precision “Crawl” and “Sex on Fire” employ a musical intricacy.

Customer Reviews


Anyone who can honestly call this album "awful" knows nothing about Kings of Leon and has no place posting a comment about them. What the hell happened? Kings of Leon continued to move forward with their sound just like the did from Holy Roller Novocain to Youth & Young Manhood and from Aha Shake Heartbreak to Because of the Times. Thats what happened. The closest thing from KOL I could possibly associate with "gutsy, booze driven southern bar rock" would be from their first EP which came out 5 YEARS AGO, and even thats a stretch. Do you honestly think they would be where they are now if they had kept their music exactly the same instead of evolving and experimenting? And comparing the Kings with U2 and Coldplay? THATS A COMPLIMENT. They toured with U2 before Aha Shake Heartbreak was even released, so a little inspiration from them isn't new to this album. Know your facts; Kings of Leon is amazing, just like their new album and just like their performance on SNL. Congratulations boys, well done.

Day Old Blues!

Not the Kings of Leon I Fell in love with. Only By The Night is a good album but it's not what long time fans have come to expect from Our Kings. The Talented Heavy guitar and thumping Bass Lines have been washed out and covered up by studio editing. Most of the beloved raw-southern-blues-rock flavor has been turned into radio play. KOL's songs you can listen to for hours and hours and still discovery something new, not on as much this album. Some of the songs still have the Old King Feel (Manhattan, Sex on Fire, Cold Desert, Revelry) but all and all I was left Broken Hearted. I love and Trust My Kings of Leon. I just hope next album they find ways to mesh their old feel to this new sound.

It's a shame

KOL, in one deft swoop, alienate their long time fans by exchanging their aggressive, dirty southern rock sound for the commercial success of tween stadium anthems and designer haircuts. The cover for this album should just be one big middle finger.


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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