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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.)
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  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. Ignore the lyric booklet and you have one of the more impressive albums of 2004.
  3. The lyrical terrain is insultingly common (girls, life on the road, girls), yet the band has such an idiosyncratic method of expression that makes these everyday themes sound – at least over the course of each song – radically inspired.
  4. Apart from Caleb Followill’s distinctive, growly vocals--half-man half-grizzly--this could be a completely different band. A much better band. It’s quite an incredible transformation--and I’ll say this upfront: it doesn’t matter what you thought of their debut, you should listen to this album.
  5. If Youth and Young Manhood was Kings of Leon tentatively using well-tested implements, Aha Shake Heartbreak is the sound of a group boldly forging a unique identity from common tools that have been stripped of all pretense and decoration.
  6. There's plenty to enjoy on the new album and Kings of Leon seem willing to play it slow and become a career act.
  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: 64 out of 75
  2. Negative: 8 out of 75
  1. Oct 21, 2010
    10
    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'sthere 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. AngieH
    May 16, 2005
    10
    This album is brilliant, the Kings of Leon are one of the best indie acts yet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "Four kicks whos strutting now!"
  3. Jul 7, 2013
    10
    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 hauntingThis 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
  4. AshleyM
    Mar 9, 2005
    9
    The first album was hard to take. The band was marketed as a southern fried answer to the Strokes, and the album was painfully polished. If The first album was hard to take. The band was marketed as a southern fried answer to the Strokes, and the album was painfully polished. If they came out of the garage for that album, they went back in for this one. The new album brings to mind Captain Beefheart if he were to embrace Stoner Rock. Definitely a good and if not innovative, very strong album. Expand
  5. Feb 15, 2012
    9
    Brilliant follow up to their impressive debut Youth and Young Manhood. More mature musically but still with the exciting sound where your notBrilliant 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
  6. JohnR
    Apr 7, 2005
    8
    It's unfortunate that people like 'chairman sac' (below, brilliant man...) feel the need to shred a band without stopping It's unfortunate that people like 'chairman sac' (below, brilliant man...) feel the need to shred a band without stopping to...um...think......It's sort of obvious that Rolling Stone would be the ones getting ADVERTISING REVENUE from listing the clothes they give to the band, free, for the shoot. "Here, pick any clothes you guys want off of these racks for the shoot." Yeah. What a bunch of jerks... Great record, though there are admittedly a few filler cuts mixed in with 4 or 5 showstoppers...Not as 'southern' as their first (sounding like the police several times...) but that's really a good thing. Next one should be damn good. BTW- vocals are one aspect of a band. Those that say the redundant- "band is okay but vocals are crap" and then give a 0 or 1 rating must feel 80-100% of music is the vocals...Okay, if you feel they make the record unlistenable then fine...but 'catchy tunes and hooks' surely indicate more than a 1... Expand
  7. AlanR
    Feb 2, 2005
    0
    Only the most emotionally crippled people with no respect for the original rock legends these guys spunk on could possibly enjoy this.

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