Kings of Leon - Because of the Times (2007)

Kings of Leon - Because of the Times (2007)

Leaning even further toward a kind of post-punk meets prog rock aesthetic than on their first two albums, Nashville-based Kings of Leon have crafted a darker, less pop-oriented and somewhat cerebral affair with 2007's Because of the Times. In fact, if Alan Parsons lent the Allman Brothers his spaceship, Because of the Times would be the resulting space odyssey. While that leads to some intriguing moments, the general move away from strong, hooky choruses to a focus on expansive, intricate and percussive arrangements may challenge casual and even some longtime fans of the band's catchy, Southern garage rock twang. That said, cuts like the atmospheric and brooding lead-off track "Knocked Up" showcase lead-singer Caleb Followill's growing maturity as a singer and lyricist and bring to mind favorable comparisons to such artists as Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen. Similarly, the moody single "On Call" as well as the roiling, dramatic "McFearless," while not immediately hummable, do sink into your memory revealing layers of melody and emotion on repeated listens...Matt Collar

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118 MB


01. Knocked Up 07:10
02. Charmer 02:56
03. On Call 03:21
04. McFearless 03:09
05. Black Thumbnail 03:59
06. My Party 04:10
07. True Love Way 04:02
08. Ragoo 03:01
09. Fans 03:36
10. The Runner 04:16
11. Trunk 03:57
12. Camaro 03:06
13. Arizona 04:50

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