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Because Of The Times

Kings of Leon Audio CD
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1. Knocked Up
2. Charmer
3. On Call
4. McFearless
5. Black Thumbnail
6. My Party
7. True Love Way
8. Ragoo
9. Fans
10. The Runner
11. Trunk
12. Camaro
13. Arizona

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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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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)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 STARS: Great Rootsy Rockn' Roll May 20 2007
Format:Audio CD
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!!!

Cheers from South Detroit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Any band could retire on this album. Dec 3 2013
By Doug
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
An amazing album that will never be replaced or compared by this band. Very few albums have it all like this one.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kings indeed April 12 2007
Format:Audio CD
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'!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Sept. 13 2014
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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
By WILLIE A YOUNG II - Published on Amazon.com
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.
27 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars FOUR KINGS - FOUR STARS April 3 2007
By Alan Dorfman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
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."
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different, but in a good way May 27 2007
By Kat - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
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. Thumbnail is tied for my favorite track with "Ragoo," whose often-plucky guitar sounds so great coupled with the bass (I'm really bad at technical music descriptions, not being a musician by any stretch) and that tinkling piano as the song trails off with the echoed vocals? Perfect. Best last 30 seconds of a song ever. Also like "The Runner" quite a bit, can't put my finger on why, though. Its hard to choose a favorite.

4.5 stars.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kings indeed! May 10 2007
By L. Zeigel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
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. They continue to thumb their noses at sticking to a formula for success, taking risks like opening the CD with "Knocked-up" and using the simple lyrics and repetitive phrasing of "On Call."

It took me about three listens to fully grasp the subtleties of each song, but they have each taken hold in my brain and have not left my car CD player in weeks.

Seeing them live recently, (at Coachella on the Main Stage) it seemed like they got off to a slow start, but by the time they kicked in with "My Party" they played like a runaway train. The time before, when I saw them in a much smaller venue, I had the opportunity to meet them after the show and found them to be very polite and of course, full of that Southern Charm.

I'm hoping they last a long long time and continue to mature and rock -- and stay true to themselves!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Kings' latest not for the faint of heart... April 21 2007
By Alf R. Bergesen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I saw the Kings open for U2 in Phoenix two years ago. As I sang along and tapped my feet with every song, I got the distinct impression that those around me thought I was crazy. By the end of the set, many in the arena were booing. Caleb Followhill (the lead singer) praised the Phoenix crowd, saying that it was the best he'd experienced on the tour- and he was being sincere! I could only imagine what the band had been subjected to previously. Obviously, those who'd come to see the pop-rock mastery of U2 that night were not ready for the raw, youthful, indie sensibilities of the Kings. I expected their next studio album to be much poppier (a-la recent U2) and more polished in order to win over those scores of fans who'd spurned them during their tour with U2. But, the kings are real rock artists. They do things their way. The sound of "Because of the Times" is an in-your-face assertion of their independence and integrity. They clearly play the music that THEY want to play, not what record companies, radio stations, and mainstream fans want them to play.

Now, to my review.

The very first time I listened to this album, I must admit that I was a bit dismayed. Each song (except for the stuck-in-your-head-for-hours catchiness of "On Call") sounded like it was cobbled together from half a dozen outtakes and demos- a Frankenstein's monster of disonance and failed promise. I kept thinking, "if they had just changed the chord progressions a little bit here" and "if they had tried a different key there." I was sooooo disappointed. It took me a few days to muster up the courage to play the disc again. But I did... and I liked it. The next time, I liked it even more. This album is one that keeps getting better with each successive listen. The melodies are there. The soul is most definitely there. One just has to be patient. This really is a strong album. It won't be a commercial success, but it deserves every ounce of critical praise it receives. The Kings won't sell out (at least, they didn't here). They will, however, rock out.

This album is not a masterpiece, so I can't give it a five-star review. But, it is a very good rock album- one of the best of 2007.
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