Because Of The Times - Kings of Leon
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 157 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 15 out of 157

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  1. Oct 10, 2010
    10
    best album of the decade. enough said.
  2. Sep 17, 2010
    10
    Kings of leon changed their style for the better.They're half hard rock half soft rock style finally works on this record.My problem with old KOL was that theyre slower songs lacked feeling and were ultimitly boring.'Arizona' and 'The Runner' are highlights on this terrific album
  3. Oct 21, 2010
    10
    Arizona is one of the best songs I have ever heard, just one of the many highlights on this album. Big change in the kings sound in this album but it works perfectly.
  4. Dec 15, 2010
    9
    Because Of The Times is a great album. The Sound of it all sounds so much more unique from their previous albums. Caleb's voice has definitely matured. So many amazing tracks. The album starts off with the slow-burning "Knocked Up" which is just a great song to kick off the album with. "Charmer" is a really playful song. Caleb's yell catches your attention quick. "On Call", "My Party", and "Ragoo" are all wonderful songs. All In All, "Because Of The Times" is The Kings Of Leon's second best album. A- Expand
  5. Feb 15, 2012
    9
    The Kings of Leon keep the quality levels high on their 3rd record. A clear move from alternative guitar rock to heavier stadium rock can be heard here - this record is full of rock and it's the first time on a KOL record that you can hear the songs being fit for huge stadiums. The tunes are excellent on this and this rightly propelled the band to massive stardom. I still prefer Aha Shake Heartbreak as an album but this is a close second. Expand
  6. 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.
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.