Because Of The Times - Kings of Leon
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. If less accessible on first hearing than its predecessors, the result is an epic wide-screen movie of a CD and the band's best to date.
  3. Because Of The Times isn't likely to make anyone forget Lynyrd Skynyrd. But it's still one of the most consistently surprising and vibrant rock records since, arguably, Aha Shake Heartbreak.
  4. 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]
  5. 90
    This is meat and 'taters rock mixed with the Devil's blood. [#24, p.90]
  6. The best thing, really, that can be said of Because of the Times is that it works the hardest trick: seeming deeply personal and inclusive, but still having an embrace elastic enough to be universally appealing.
  7. 'Because Of The Times' cements Kings Of Leon as one of the great American bands of our times.
  8. The need for rock'n'roll bands to declare war on clichés has been evident for ages. But who'd have thought a band in tight jeans and sunglasses would wind up leading the charge?
  9. A highly experimental, willfully difficult curveball that, against all odds, is incredibly listenable and far more noteworthy than their conventional (albeit solid) output to date could have ever hinted at. [#17, p.85]
  10. 80
    Because Of The Times burns with all the invention and ambition that seemed to have been sucked out of its predecessor. [May 2007, p.108]
  11. 80
    It's all certainly a lot more complex, if a little less immediate, than anything they've done before. [May 2007, p.104]
  12. While lyrically Kings Of Leon remain underdeveloped, how they've grown musically. [May 2007, p.119]
  13. The band doesn't fuss with any sort of rootsy purism, which is why it gets away with retro moves that would sound soft from anybody else.
  14. If you like your Americana raw and passionate, look no further.
  15. Because Of The Times is Kings Of Leon's best album yet, their most fully realised and mature work to date.
  16. "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]
  17. Although it's stylistically diverse, the album feels coherent.
  18. Because of the Times is Kings of Leon's turn at maturity, without any of the pretentiousness that customarily surrounds that label.
  19. The group have kept their sound surprisingly fresh incorporating some welcome sonic refinements, without making any great creative leap or departure.
  20. Because of the Times... reveals a band growing musically and revealing the requisite growing pains.
  21. Not quite a soaring rock masterpiece, but certainly a bold move that achieves a variable degree of success. Because of the Times proves that Kings of Leon have the ability to change move into new territory, as so many of their garage peers from five years ago have failed to do.
  22. 70
    The Kings sound huger, less moonshine-slurry, even more romantic.
  23. However admirable and surprising the band's ambition throughout Because Of The Times may be, not every experiment works so well.
  24. There’s gold here but you need to dig deep.
  25. So it’s tough to call this one. If it were only the first eight tracks this would probably be the best album I’ve heard in 2007.
  26. More muscle than penmanship, more highway than garage, Because the Times rolls like Foghat at the close of Dazed & Confused.
  27. 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.
  28. Kings of Leon often seem torn between their stadium rawk impulses and their hip underground aspirations.
  29. Flirtations with big-sky atmospherics can hardly hold these songs together. What sounds like a hodgepodge of Edgy experiments and raised-Zippo nostalgia is just that: a hodgepodge.
  30. 50
    This LP sounds too close to unfocused jamming. [Apr 2007, p.95]
  31. 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.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 164 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 71 out of 82
  2. Negative: 6 out of 82
  1. 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 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. Full Review »
  2. 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.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. Full Review »
  3. j30
    Feb 19, 2012
    8
    Because Of The Times is King of Leon's best album. The music doesn't have as much of a pop flavor as their previous efforts, but a raw rockBecause Of The Times is King of Leon's best album. The music doesn't have as much of a pop flavor as their previous efforts, but a raw rock sound that's different from anything they've done. This is kind of a turning point for them, unfortunately from here they took the wrong path. Full Review »