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Because Of The Times Import

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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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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 3, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: April 3, 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 52 minutes
  • ASIN: B000MRA3NU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,318 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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Kings of Leon is a perfect example of the theory that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. You won't find great musical virtuosos in this group, like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, that carry the band on their shoulders. You won't find intricate lyrics and deep storytelling. But, somehow, Kings of Leon make it work.

The key is lead writer and singer Caleb. His voice is very unique and he brings a certain lyricism to the songs. For example, "Charmer" is a nice song that'll make you laugh out loud as Caleb pinches a yell out during the verses of a funny song. The songs on this album are good "cruising" songs. You get a sense of time and place. A sense of thoughtfulness.

I would recommend the album, although you might not put it in your regular rotation. It is a good slice of alternative rock. But if you're looking for great musical prowess, deep lyrics, etc., then look elsewhere. These boys should be played with the windows rolled down and time in front of you. I give it 3 of out 5 because the songs really need more depth, whether that's through stronger lyrics or more complex music. (Maybe complex is not the right word! How about challenging.)

By the way, they have a must-see documentary out: [...] Regardless of whether you like their music, you must see this. It's a slice of America and worthwhile on its own, apart from the music.
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At Christmas-time we like to stuff our kids' stockings with little odds & ends including techie gadgets, movies, music CDs and such... A few years ago (and to this day), Kings of Leon became one of the bands that moved to the top of our teen daughter's playlist so we purchased this 'album' for her... and it was (and still is) a big hit.

Since then, access to the Amazon Music Cloud has been a gigantic bonus for us all! This set of songs, along with every other CD or MP3 download that we have purchased from Amazon since like 1999, has become available to be uploaded to the Cloud -- and we have taken full advantage of that opportunity.

Now we can access this set of music and all the other music we have purchased from anywhere we have 'net access. Just outstanding!

If you are a fan of this music, then we highly recommend this 'album' and the Amazon Music Cloud service to all. If you are not familiar with the music, listen to the samples provided by Amazon to help you make a decision.

Excellent. Recommended.
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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).

Highlights:

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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