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Because of the Times

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Third album from the rockin' American quartet whose previous albums (2003's Youth And Young Manhood and Aha Shake Heartbreak from '05) have earned them a large worldwide following. Consisting of three brothers and a cousin, the Kings Of Leon mix their own brand of Southern Rock with touches of Garage, Punk and Alternative swagger. RCA.

Aha Shake Heartbreak may have blown open the doors of fame for Kings of Leon, but their third full-length album (named for a United Pentecostal Church ministers' conference) could well usher the Nashville foursome directly to rock and roll's zenith. There's hardly a change in plans for the three Followill brothers and their cousin, and that means producer Ethan Johns, a smorgasbord of musical influences, and a cacophonous ensemble of guitar, bass, and drums. A trio of relentless rockers--"My Party," "Camaro," and the sarcastic "Charmer"--are sure to pacify those familiar with the Kings' blueprint, yet there is ripening in the band's approach heard, in several of the record's 13 songs. Reverb guitar and vocals and a "woo woo" chorus add a sinister aspect to "Trunk," and "Knocked Up" features a laissez-faire Caleb Followill crooning "She don't care what her mama said/She's gonna have my baby." The seven-minute revelation of fatherhood that opens the album leads into the U2-influenced "McFearless," a reggae-splashed "Ragoo," and the rambling English blues of "Black Thumbnail." It's a rogue element that has always left every record fresh, and this time it has Kings of Leon teetering on the edge of rock renown. --Scott Holter

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  • Audio CD (April 3, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000MRA3NU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,825 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By WILLIE A YOUNG II on April 21, 2007
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....this is the finest work this young band has released to date. Many fans are still confounded by the new direction and richer, heavier sound of this LP, but before you cry fowl, listen. I mean really LISTEN. The Kings have improved thier chops and arranging so vastly that they scarcely sound like the same band that made "Youth & Young Manhood" and that's a good thing, it's called growth. Listen to the newfound confidence in Caleb's voice on the first single, the gorgeous "On Call" or his parched yelp before every verse on "Charmer", or what an airtight rhythm section Nathan and Jared have become on barnburners like "Mc Fearless" and "Black Thumbnail". Witness Matthew's spacey guitar atmospherics on the opener "Knocked Up" and tell me you aren't impressed with the simple beauty of it. This LP may take a few spins to soak in for some listeners but instead of comparing it to the last 2 releases, spend some quality time with..."Times" and spin in repeatedly, back to back about 6 times and the beautiful clattering will unfold and bless your ears like never before.
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27 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Alan Dorfman VINE VOICE on April 3, 2007
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It takes balls to start out your third album, which is anticipated to become your true commercial breakout, with a seven minute meditation on impending fatherhood with the delightfully tacky title "Knocked Up." So much for anyone daring to think Kings Of Leon have sold out for commercial success. They may get it anyway.

The band can play and the arrangements show off their strengths despite some fairly oridinary songwriting. The basslines on "Knocked Up" and "On Call," the wall of sound buzzing guitars on the distinctive "McFearless," "Black Thumbnail" which rocks out on the edge of chaos but holds it together, the mix of electric and acoustic guitar on "Fans" and the chiming guitars on the ska-influenced "Ragoo" all show Kings Of Leon at their best. But "True Love Way" and "Trunk" go nowhere and "Camaro" is a rocker any band could have done.

Still it's nice to find a band that is as hard to pigeonhole as Kings Of Leon. They are edging towards stardom on the strength of the things they do best and not because some tastemaker has declared them flavor of the week. Just like bands used to have to do before MTV. When it comes, they can say "We earned it."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kat on May 27, 2007
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I can understand the harsh reviews however, I disagree.

When I first got the album I listened to the first minute or so of a couple random songs and quickly banished it from my player. Not because I hated it necessarily; it just wasn't the kings as I was used to them.

Honestly, it was the first two songs, "Knocked Up," whose lyrics I thought were too derived and repetitive for a seven minute song, and "Charmer," where the lead has little screams speckled throughout his singing, that threw me off.

I sat on the album for nearly a month before listening again.

And I loved it. The band is *very slightly* edgier in certain places, like Charmer (which I now like and find the screams a nice touch) but really, they're just experimenting with what they've got and have produced another wonderful rock album which, though it may be a bit more complex to perform, is still, simply great music and most definitely rock (someone earlier said they were trying to be alternative... No. Definitely not. That is the exact opposite of what I'm hearing. Not that I don't like some alternative, just no).


The third track, "On Call,' is a marvelous divergence from the first two albums. It sounds like rock with ambiance, if that makes any sense (none of the other songs have this same sound, except maybe "Trunk" a little, and don't think by "ambiance" I mean elevator music or something, cuz I don't).

I also love the song "Black Thumbnail," which is more of a return to their older stuff in that everything about the singer's voice screams southern swagger.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Zeigel on May 10, 2007
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These young men grew up fast,being thrown in the spotlight early on because of their family ties (3 brothers and a cousin) and their sheltered childhoods spent tagging along as their preacher-dad traveled the Southern bible-circuit, eventually drinking himself out of the ministry.

They quickly picked up on the best of musical influences (From the Rolling Stones to Joy Division) and started playing their own brand of raw rock n' roll, living the lifestyle and singing about all the things that they were taught were evil and the Devil's work. Their first album was unpolished, but they sounded different than the slew of other "new rock" bands trying to copy the Strokes' formula for success. They still had the ability to rock with abandon while throwing in their own Deep South perspective.

The second album, "Aha Shake Heartbreak", expanded on that sound, and this time the attitude was rowdier. But they still weren't afraid to buck the norm and throw in unconventional touches such as yodeling!! Caleb Followill's voice in itself is an anomaly, standing out among the crowd of jaded, flat-sounding vocalists and the screaming-at-the-top-of-their-lungs emoting that the hordes of Emo-clone bands were popular for.

With "Because of the Times", KOL have matured from the extensive touring and braving the massive arena crowds opening for U2, who were impressed enough by their poetic-swagger to hand-pick them for the first U.S. leg of their "Vertigo" tour, and Bob Dylan felt the same way as he picked them to open for his recent arena tour. They haven't lost the attitude - but have retained their individuality.
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The CD is awesome!!
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feb 22?
it is coming out in april, amazon changed it to april now, but its the wrong date.
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