- Audio CD (August 19, 2003)
- Original Release Date: August 19, 2003
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Sony Music Canada Inc.
- Run Time: 42 minutes
- ASIN: B00009YFP8
- Average Customer Review: 124 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,121 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Stunning debut album from the good-time Southern rock & roll boogie boys!
Already tagged with the unfortunate critical label of "southern-fried Strokes," the full-length debut by the brothers Followill (Nathan, Jared, Caleb) and cousin (Matthew Followill) may well have its roots in their itinerant evangelist father Leon blasting his sons with relentless doses of 70s rock as they traveled the South from one preaching gig to the next. But the way the Kings channel sources as disparate as Led Zeppelin's "That's the Way" into "Joe's Head" or the Who's "Circles" into their ""Molly's Chambers" seems almost subconscious; after a decade of bands trying to reinvent the rock wheel, it's refreshing to hear one content to gleefully pry it loose and send it spinning in their own peculiar directions. As with all the great ones, deconstructing the Kings' sound doesn't get you far: singer/guitarist Caleb perpetually seems to be rolling one too many syllables off a lazy, Southern tongue while his haystack-haired brothers and cousin chug maniacally along like some lost, recently re-tooled '60s garage-psych-rock legend. In the end there's not an ounce of the Strokes' latent pop culture self-consciousness in the Kings' intoxicating sonic haze--just the restless, often bittersweet noise of one of the most original bands to hail from Dixie since R.E.M. --Jerry McCulley
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I'm listening to most of the other 'new rock' out there like the White Stripes, Hives, Black Keys, etc and for my money the Kings are way out front.
Don't know where this stupid 'southern rock' description comes from. OK these guys come from Tennessee but the music doesn't sound 'southern' in the slightest. The first time I heard some of these tunes in a club, I thought they were probably from NYC/Boston, cuz the Lou Reed/Bob Dylan/Ramones influence was so strong. Or maybe California. The guitar tones are very British, early Kinks, Who, Stones, very Vox-ish.
Anywhere but the south, they don't sound even an iota like Lynrd Skynrd (or however you spell it, one of the worst bands of all time), the Allman Brothers (who I dig, but there's absolutely no link with this music).
As for the reviewer who talked about hype, what hype? I haven't heard any hype over this group at all. Like I said, I was in a bar that was playing a few tunes over the sound system. I asked the bartender who these guys were, then went out and bought it. Every friend that hears it at my crib wants a copy, I must've burned a dozen or so in the last two months.
Am waiting at the edge of my seat for their second CD, hope it's as good.
It sounds a lot like early '70s glam such as T. Rex, Lou Reed, Stooges-lite, Bowie (most vocals are like an aggressive Bowie, and as other reviewers have noted, aren't for everyone)and also sounds a bit like late '70s/early '80s new wave/punk.
Check out the Drive-by Truckers if you are looking for contemporary southern rock.