Because Of The Times

  • Record Label: RCA
  • Release Date: Apr 3, 2007
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 171 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 16 out of 171

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  1. JaddyP
    Apr 4, 2007
    5
    Where to begin. This album seems to be a little over rated by most. I agree that there are a few good tracks but they do no justify some of the high ratings this album is getting. If you have enjoyed past Kings albums you may find this one is lacking something.. ..Rawness and unadulterated Zeal come to mind. Sad to say The kings seem to be moving in the wrong musical direction !!! I hope Where to begin. This album seems to be a little over rated by most. I agree that there are a few good tracks but they do no justify some of the high ratings this album is getting. If you have enjoyed past Kings albums you may find this one is lacking something.. ..Rawness and unadulterated Zeal come to mind. Sad to say The kings seem to be moving in the wrong musical direction !!! I hope this is only a glitch!! Expand
  2. ChrisR
    Apr 25, 2007
    4
    This album is extremely disappointing, repetitive, boring and unimaginative. It seems Kings of Leon are going backwards--each album is worse than the last.
  3. KitT
    May 3, 2007
    6
    None of the songs are bad, I don't think and there's some good melodies in between the songs, but none of the songs are killers either. Some of the music gets too stagnant, and if you'd expected something that will blow your mind like 'Aha Shake Heartbreak' you may be disappointed. That being said, they're still my favourite band at the moment.
  4. DrunkenMaster
    Mar 29, 2007
    5
    Don't you think it is interesting that this CD doesn't get released for another three weeks but it already has several 10 scores? Those votes couldn't be from record company shills, could they? I mean it's not like Kings Of Leon has ever lied about themselves...oh, wait: their entire "preacher's sons" backstory is a sham! Swallow the kool-aid, hipsters.
  5. DanA.
    Sep 17, 2007
    5
    Initially a promising record, but after a few more listens reveals itself to be as mediocre as their other records. there are plenty of better records from 2007, don't bother with this.
  6. TimB
    Dec 17, 2008
    5
    The greatness of the Kings of Leons first couple of discs was the fact that they made sleazy slurring rock n' roll and sported fashions that COMPLETELY ignored current trends and fashions. On this CD, they turn their back on their previous stance and jump the latest haircuts, fashions, and sounds in quest of the top of the latest-greatest heap. Congratulations dudes, you're a The greatness of the Kings of Leons first couple of discs was the fact that they made sleazy slurring rock n' roll and sported fashions that COMPLETELY ignored current trends and fashions. On this CD, they turn their back on their previous stance and jump the latest haircuts, fashions, and sounds in quest of the top of the latest-greatest heap. Congratulations dudes, you're a success and...you suck like everybody else. Expand
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. 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.
  2. Although it's stylistically diverse, the album feels coherent.
  3. Kings of Leon often seem torn between their stadium rawk impulses and their hip underground aspirations.