Aha Shake Heartbreak - Kings of Leon
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  • Summary: Ethan Johns produced this sophomore album for southern rockers and brothers Caleb, Nathan, Jared and Matthew Followill. (OK, so Matthew is only a cousin, but he was still allowed to join the band.)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31
  1. 100
    Now the melodies are sharper, the scissor kicks are higher and the grooves are, er, groovier.
  2. With shorter, tighter songs far more reminiscent of 80’s post-punk than Southern AOR, Aha Shake Heartbreak can only be considered a pleasant surprise.
  3. Aha Shake Heartbreak surpasses the previous record by leaps and bounds; it is a triumph over the dreaded sophomore slump as much as it is a worthy feat in and of itself.
  4. It would seem from the evidence presented here that [King Of Leon] are intent on rebuilding themselves from scratch, drawing on whatever wild and wonderful influences they've tripped over in their race to live five lifetimes in every day. [30 Oct 2004, p.63]
  5. 76
    Yet another collection of crafty, drunken stories of manhood devouring youth. [#14, p.101]
  6. It's their seamless and agreeable blend of rock & roll, country, and Roky Erickson-style psychedelia, matched with a keen lyrical wit, that makes them fascinating to both sides of the pond.
  7. While this is drastically experimental by their standards, there is nothing here you haven't heard done infinitely better many times before.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 63 out of 74
  2. Negative: 8 out of 74
  1. Oct 21, 2010
    there is not one bad song on this album, all the songs fit together like a glove. Caleb talks about not getting it up, taking cocaine, women's nipples and having sex with hookers, he leaves no stone unturned, callsic album. Expand
  2. May 7, 2012
    Kings of Leon made an amazing, if not better, follow-up to Youth and Young Manhood in 2004 with Aha Shake Heartbreak. This is, to me, the last album KOL made in which I love every single song. It starts calmly with Slow Night, So Long but there are a mixture of songs on this album. It is definitely in my top 10 album list, an album everyone should listen to at least once. Expand
  3. Nov 7, 2010
    This album is fantastic, whenever I hear it it reminds me why Only By the Night sucked so bad. Its god damn rock n roll. First three tracks are perfect, and fit together brilliantly Expand
  4. Jul 7, 2013
    This is one of my favorite albums of the 2000s. It's raw and untamed. The album just flows so nicely and only slows down for the haunting "Milk" and the three-chord "Day-Old Blues." These guys' energy is astonishing and there's a lot of soul here. My favorite album of their current 5. Expand
  5. Dec 14, 2010
    Aha Shake Heartbreak is a major improvement from their first album. They slowed down their songs so much so it's an easier and smoother listen. It's a great sound and a wonderful listen. All In All, Aha Shake Heartbreak is a improvement from their fist album. A- Expand
  6. Feb 15, 2012
    Brilliant follow up to their impressive debut Youth and Young Manhood. More mature musically but still with the exciting sound where your not sure quite what they will throw out at you. Sometimes frantic, sometimes quiet and subtle it's a very accomplished record with catchy rock riffs a plenty. King of the Rodeo, Milk, The Bucket, Soft are all classic KOL tracks. Arguably this was their peak artistically. Still sounds just as great today. Expand
  7. j30
    Feb 19, 2012
    Aha Shake Hearbreak is s fun pop rock album with some solid tracks such as "The Bucket," "Four Kicks," "King of the Rodeo" and "Taper Jean Girl."

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