I purchased this album because Amazon said and I quote, "The bonus DVD features 5 tracks recorded live in Belgium." I got very excited and didn't hesitate to buy this CD/"DVD" combo. Bottom line is there is no DVD, the bonus disc is a CD with 5 live tracks, very upsetting though these live songs are really good especially the intro to Molly's Chambers, short but sweet! Anyway, if you're a big fan of KOL and don't have Aha Shake Heartbreak (an oxymoron really because how could you be a big fan and not have this album?) then pick this edition up, but if you already have the album then that's up to you!
The follow up to Youth and Young Manhood is sure not to disappoint! KOL is still creating very catchy and witty songs with the musical talent to back it up with! These songs are very different from the songs on their debut album, but you still know that it is Kings of Leon mainly because of Caleb Followill's distinctive voice. Nothing sounds quite like it, and the guitars and drumming are bare, simple and again quite catchy (You don't have to burn your strings and fingers with solos to melt faces)! In my opinion, the highlights of this album are the songs "Soft", "Taper Jean Girl", "King of the Rodeo" and "Velvet Snow" though the rest are still top notch! The other unique thing about this album and the band are the way they sing their lyrics, sometimes the lyrics are the music (listen to "Taper Jean Girl" and "Day Old Blues"), and the words are really well thought out and subliminal! This album definitely is not an excellent album because TV/radio said so because when was the last time you heard about Kings of Leon in North America? It's excellent because my ears tell me it's excellent! If you like music I mean really take music for what it is then this is a must for your collection!
I only recently got introduced to Kings of Leon, because of the mainstream success of Only by The Night, and I can't believe I didn't know about them before! Their new album is great, but Youth & Young Manhood, A-Ha Shake Heartbreak and Because of the Times are timeless, brilliant pieces of work! Finally an American band that stands out ;) Key tracks on A-Ha Shake Heartbreak: Milk Soft Razz Day Old Blues
The boys return for their second outing, and its even better than the first. Every song on AHA is catchy, and leaves you wanting more. If you are a fan of The Strokes, The Vines, The Hip, etc, you simply MUST OWN THIS CD. My pick as one of the top ten discs of 2004. BUY IT!!!