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
KINGS OF LEON Because Of The Times (2007 Taiwanese issue 13-track CD album which sees the Followill family return with this their 3rd album; produced by Ethan Johns and Angelo recorded at Blackbird Studios Nashville and Sunset Sound Los Angeles including the single On Call sealed picture sleeve + obi-strip)
Tapping into the roots of rock, blues, folk and country the Kings of Leon still evolve their own style into something unique, vital, and modern... Reminds me of the mixed influences of such bands as Los Lobos, yet as with LL, blended seamlessly...
Excellent songwriting, muscianship, and vocals don't hurt either!!!
While already established as a prescence in the modern rock scene, k.o.l. definitely raise their personal bar here with a stellar effort that encapsulates everything fans have already come to love, plus some new technique's that will be appreciated by grass roots fans and new comers alike. The first track might be one of the best opening numbers on an album in the last 5 years. What follows is one after the other: pure excellence from the Kings. Make sure to look for the ninth track: Fans- it may change your life. Enjoy this gem and keep on rockin'!