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Kings of Leon - Only By The Night ( CD ) £2.99 @ Amazon/Play

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Their most recent album at a really good price. Tesco £3.99 Zavvi £4.95 HMV £4.99 Play.com link below. Review As if their towering headlining performance at Glastonbury wasn't e… Read More
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6y, 8m agoFound 6 years, 8 months ago
Their most recent album at a really good price.

Tesco £3.99
Zavvi £4.95
HMV £4.99

Play.com link below.

Review
As if their towering headlining performance at Glastonbury wasn't enough, here comes the Southern-fried quartet's fourth album to prove once and for all that Kings Of Leon are now bona fide world-beaters.
In the context of a career arc this level of creativity makes perfect sense. Their sound has had a good five years to grow from post-adolescent indie to full-blown, manly stadium glory. All those U2 support slots have now been fed back into the machine. And, like U2, a timely change of production team (losing Ethan Johns but retaining Angelo Petraglia) brings a new focus. Nathan Followill's drums have to be one of the most perfect rock engines around at the moment. They never swamp a ticking grower like I Want You but still throw enough flourishes to push the songs into the red. Meanwhile cousin Matthew's guitar scorches the mix like a flamethrower. Filled with string-bending clichés; but cliches of the most enjoyable sort.

The one thing that really shows the band's confidence is their willingness to slow down and really attack these songs. Caleb claims that medication's effects influenced the writing and indeed, the droning insistence can be almost hallucinatory. Interestingly the first single, Sex On Fire - returning them to the fire and brimstone, gothic territory of their peripatetic father's preacher roots - is the one track that comes closest to the Strokes-aping sound that held them back in the past. But Caleb's muzzy, straining voice pushes them beyond arch post-modern irony from the big city. In interviews Caleb's talked about the boys tackling their ''roots'' again, and this album wears its colours proudly.

The U2 analogies don't stop there. Manhattan, another medium-paced stormer has the Edge's echo-fed lines running through it, albeit with more of the Kings' blues rock swagger. Obviously, the advantage of being American is that you can still believe that rock will save the world.

A minor mid-album lull, caused by perhaps too many slower numbers is broken by Be Somebody: a new wave-ish beauty that ends with a maelstrom borne on the back of Jared's rubbery bass. It only remains for Cold Desert to usher us out of the emotional devastation of this very secular three-chord church, swelling and returning at its end with optimistic verve.

Never overstaying its welcome, Only By The Night is the album that the world's been waiting for the Kings Of Leon to make. --Chris Jones
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#2
Sex On Fire was well too over played. I just sigh when it comes on now :-P
#3
Good price, but by far their worst album. I struggled to listen to it all the way through, and ended up getting rid.
#4
Scorchio. Thoroughly enjoyed this album and great price for it.
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Overrated band with a horrible whiney voiced lead singer.
#6
Off to see them at the o2 December and i CANT wait :):) ...Brill deal thanks op :)
#7
Ive seen Kings of Leon play about 4-5 times now at T in the Park and on there own. Last year at T they where a bunch of spoilt kids and walked off becoause of some sound issues.Been a huge fan since they where first on the scene in the UK. Amazing band but the last Album sucks. I still listen to the first album the most, its by the far the best. Now they have kinda sold out and are just another pop act, hopefully the new Album, which comes out later this year is a stepback in the right direction.
#8
Great album, have heat
#9
By far their worst album. It's so shallow and monotonous compared to their first 2 albums.
#10
skellaway
Sex On Fire was well too over played. I just sigh when it comes on now :-P

Definitely.

I enjoyed the album though... it was a lot more atmospheric than the others, I felt... less jangly. I preferred it that way, but I can imagine a lot of KoL fans weren't as keen.
#11
Ahhh...as usual the 'too cool for school' brigade are out. They have to hate something just because it became popular. What you have to understand is KoL took a different direction with their last two albums. They arent gonna make the same garage rock forever. Good deal. Recently went to see them at Hyde Park, woeful concert :-(
#12
wait for the new album it's gonna be more like their old stuff, this album certainly rocked IMHO, anyone who slates it doesn't know their ass from their elbow
#13
united4eva
Ahhh...as usual the 'too cool for school' brigade are out. They have to hate something just because it became popular. What you have to understand is KoL took a different direction with their last two albums. They arent gonna make the same garage rock forever. Good deal. Recently went to see them at Hyde Park, woeful concert :-(


It's not cool, it's just ****. The production, lyrics, instrumentation etc. When Sex on Fire becomes a chav anthem you know something is wrong. Some of you people need to listen to more music.

Edited By: Jerbs on Sep 22, 2010 14:36: Spelling
#15
Jerbs
united4eva
Ahhh...as usual the 'too cool for school' brigade are out. They have to hate something just because it became popular. What you have to understand is KoL took a different direction with their last two albums. They arent gonna make the same garage rock forever. Good deal. Recently went to see them at Hyde Park, woeful concert :-(
It's not cool, it's just ****. The production, lyrics, instrumentation etc. When Sex on Fire becomes a chav anthem you know something is wrong. Some of you people need to listen to more music.

To be fair I think YOU should listen to more music. I listen to plenty and can happily enjoy allsorts from heavy metal, indie rock, RnB to French Hip Hop. I dont seclude myself to one type of genre and then claim anything different is s**t. And hardly think Sex on Fire has become a chav anthem.
#16
united4eva
And hardly think Sex on Fire has become a chav anthem.


It did..............................
#17
I have their new album, was leaked onto the net a few days ago. Its okay, don't thnk its as good as any of their others though :/

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