Because Of The Times - Kings of Leon
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  • Summary: The Brothers Followill reunite with producers Ethan Johns and Angelo Petraglia for their first album in over two years.
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  1. Positive: 26 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Kings of Leon have spent much of the past couple of years in potentially soul-sapping support slots on extended US stadium tours by the likes of Bob Dylan, Pearl Jam and, most significantly, U2. But rather than be ground down by that experience, they've used it as the jumping-off point for a bold expansion of their own parameters.
  2. They've honed their sound perfectly, hitting every mark they set and making Because Of The Times kick so much ass that it demands you respect them as new rock royalty. [May 2007, p.152]
  3. "Because of the Times" is a brooder at heart, and much of the material here is some of the Kings' most demanding to date. It's also among their best. [14 Apr 2007]
  4. 'Because Of The Times' cements Kings Of Leon as one of the great American bands of our times.
  5. The group have kept their sound surprisingly fresh incorporating some welcome sonic refinements, without making any great creative leap or departure.
  6. 70
    The Kings sound huger, less moonshine-slurry, even more romantic.
  7. Because of the Times validates the theory that the Kings of Leon are merely the Eagles in wolf’s clothing (or the Strokes in overalls), being that the album’s collection of tales, focusing solely on hard-living and harder women, are but hokey pulp fictions disguised with mellowed sincerity, played out on mythical dirt roads and overgrown farmhouses.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 71 out of 82
  2. Negative: 6 out of 82
  1. Oct 30, 2013
    10
    Without doubt kings of Leon's best piece of work. The album kicks off with the epic knocked up, seven and half minutes of jaw dropping music. This album blends kings of Leon's new massive sound with their old southern roots. A great album from start to finish. Expand
  2. MattG
    Apr 6, 2007
    10
    They just keep making original music without going overboard. I didn't think they would be able to beat the first two albums, but they did. Their best effort to date and if you've heard their first two, then that is a gigantic complement. Expand
  3. dana
    May 17, 2007
    10
    loved the first two albums but kol get better with each album. this is definatly the album of the year for me. so many good tracks, camero, black thumbnail, my party, mcfearless Expand
  4. matthewb
    Apr 3, 2007
    9
    Classic
  5. TBone
    Jul 16, 2007
    9
    If you listen to Knocked Up, Charmer (Get past the yelp), On Call, True Love Way, Ragoo, Fans, McFearless, Black Thumbnail. I don't see how this scores less than a 7. It's good. Great for drinking whiskey in the dark or driving in the dark. Expand
  6. OzzL
    Mar 6, 2009
    8
    Possibly their best album to date. Shame the sales weren't what they deserved to be. The first half of the album is rocky and aggressive. The second half of the album is mature and musically brilliant. On the whole a good album. Expand
  7. mikeyf
    Apr 4, 2007
    0
    seen the band 1/2 dozen times. so have wife & kids. just heard - bott - new album on spinner.com (aolmusic). what happened? you guys rocked & now you smells like ass. shame on followills. like a musical fug u at they fans. save your cash. Expand

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