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Because of the Times

Kings of LeonAudio CD
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The Kings of Leon hadn’t even started to think about making a new album when they headed out to play shows in Australia and South Africa in late 2011. The four Followills -- singer/ guitarist Caleb, guitarist Matthew, drummer Nathan, bassist Jared -- had been on a fairly relentless grind for the preceding eight years, releasing five albums and touring the world dozens of times since ... Read more in Amazon's Kings of Leon Store

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  • Audio CD (April 3, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000MRA3NU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,196 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Don't Care What Nobody Says.... April 21, 2007
Format:Audio CD
....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
4.0 out of 5 stars FOUR KINGS - FOUR STARS 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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18 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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I don't know how Kings of Leon at one time was (mis)labeled "the Strokes of the South". Maybe it was due to the short length of their first 2 albums (clocking in at about 30-35 min.). Yes, the band relied on quick guitar hooks and riffs, but there is a sea of difference with the KoL sound and the Strokes. Kings of Leon's 2005 album "Aha Shake Heartbreak" was a breakthrough album for the band in many ways (among others, bringing it mainstream success in the UK). It was one of my favorite albums of 2005. Now comes the highly anticipated new album.

"Because of the Times" (13 tracks, 51 min.) is a curious affair. It is immediately clear that the sound is darker and less accessible than on KoL's previous albums. I cannot make heads or tails of the first 2 songs, and generaly skip straight to track 3, "On Call" (first single), which starts an incredible string of no-miss tracks, all the way through track 9. "McFearless" is complex yet draws you in (it somehow reminded me of the Twilight Singers' searing sound, as it does on "On Call"). "Ragoo" mizes it up with some reggae undertones. "Fans" is a tribute to the band's fanbase in the UK (with a great line like "These raining days aren't so bad when you're the king"). I rate the tracks 3 through 9 sequence 5 stars. After that, it drops off again, with "Camaro" as the lone remaining highlight. There are just a few too many mediocre spots to rate this album more than 4 stars. I just LOVE that middle sequence of 7 songs that form the heart of the album, but the rest is not up to that same level.

Kings of Leon are much bigger outside the US than they are here. This album crashed in at No. 1 on the British charts, and KoL are HUGE there.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Alternative/Indie/Rock Album This Year July 5, 2007
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If you're reading this review, you probably know to some extent who the Kings of Leon are - a relatively young indie-rock band out of Tennessee whose appeal is said to come from equal parts youthful energy and wisdom-beyond-their-years.

Their debut was a southern-fried scramble of distorted guitars and yelping vocals that seemed to delight in its own unholiness. On Because of the Times, the guitars are still distorted, the singer's still yelping and the themes aren't necessarily wholesome - see 'Knocked Up', in which singer Caleb belts "She don't care what her mama says, no she's gonna have my baby" - but at times there's a beauty to the arrangements that's almost divine.

That's not to suggest that the band has forgotten to rock, though, because they haven't; in fact, at this point in their career the band has the musicianship to back up their ambition, and the result is some of the most fulfilling rock you can hear on the indie scene today.

If you like either of KoL's previous two albums, you'll love this one. If you're looking for an introduction to the Kings of Leon's work, this is as good a starting point as any.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Transitional Record
I am a HUGE KOL fan so this is slightly bias I'm sure, but having listened to all of there alums, I think this album is very pivotal in there discography. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Courtney Doyel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music
Kings of Leon, love their music and this album is excellent. Not disappointed. Would buy again. Buy this album if you like southern rock.
Published 26 days ago by Timm Eubanks
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
One of my favorite Kings of Leon albums. Their sophomore effort is grungy and raw.
The vinyl is a high-quality, thick vinyl that deserves a spot in any modern record... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Aaron Hood-Foster
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
their own style with a unique sound. very talented. kings of leon just rock. what else is there to say?
Published 2 months ago by thejimr
3.0 out of 5 stars not bad
Not bad. Listen to it sometimes but it's kind of depressing also for some reason. Not the most upbeat sound to their songs. I like it but I don't loveeee it.
Published 3 months ago by Jenica Semler
3.0 out of 5 stars Album skips terribly
I am a die hard KOL fan. This cd rocks. But sadly the album will not play. I don't know what happened to it . Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ali A
5.0 out of 5 stars My fave!
This is my favorite KOL album. Start to finish...this album is a masterpiece! Love the early KOL music, rather than what is on the radio today.
Published 3 months ago by LP in CT
3.0 out of 5 stars Not convinced
I like "True Love Way" and "Ragoo" very much, and "Fans" and "Trunk" are solid, but the rest of it feels stretched out and a little boring. Meh.
Published 4 months ago by Daniel W. Bleier
5.0 out of 5 stars Great disc !!!!
I really enjoy this disc of kings of Leon. And my wife is so crazy about that band ..... especially after reading the trylogy about Christian Gray ..... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jarek
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this band
I am very happy with this album. Kings of Leon is an amazing band with talent to spare. Must have for any fun.
Published 8 months ago by Sharon
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The CD is awesome!!
How can I get the full CD??
Mar 11, 2007 by Mark Gutierrez |  See all 8 posts
feb 22?
it is coming out in april, amazon changed it to april now, but its the wrong date.
Feb 19, 2007 by Melvin Poindexter |  See all 2 posts
Overrated?
Just you. I think the three albums they have made are all brilliant and they kick you know what live. I think this is the best band around right now.
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