The dreamy 'Cold Desert' is the perfect maudlin end to this short, sharp, 42-minute, no-filler album, revelling in every miserable blues-rocker cliché as Matthew's guitar goes all shoegazey and then briefly threatens to turn the whole thing into a 'Purple Rain' wig-out.
MojoOnly By The Night is best viewed as a transitional record from a band who have quite literally done their growing up in public. [Oct 2008, p.98]
ChKSep 23, 2008Pure greatness. It's almost as good as their debut.
MattL.Sep 30, 2008Sex on Fire, Be Somebody, Manhattan, Notion, I Want You, and Be Somebody are good.
Oct 11, 2013Simply brilliant. All of the band's albums before this were genius and nothing has changed. Only by the Night is diverse and unique. EachSimply brilliant. All of the band's albums before this were genius and nothing has changed. Only by the Night is diverse and unique. Each track is totally different and it will be known as one of the best rock albums of our generation. It's truly one of the best albums I have ever heard by one of the best bands I have ever heard. Well done, Kings of Leon. My favorite tracks are Be Somebody, Closer, Crawl, Notion, Cold Desert and Revelry.… Expand
JasonSep 26, 2008Not at all like what i was expecting. I can see why some people are a little turned off by the new direction but after a few listens its Not at all like what i was expecting. I can see why some people are a little turned off by the new direction but after a few listens its really growing on me a lot.… Expand
StuP.Sep 25, 2008Still a good album, but nothing on the first two KOL albums or even Because of the Times! They're turning into U2 and its definitely not Still a good album, but nothing on the first two KOL albums or even Because of the Times! They're turning into U2 and its definitely not a good thing. What happened to their trademark southern swagger and indie guitar riffs? Way too processed.… Expand
May 6, 2011First of all I'd like to thank KOL for the epic music gven to us in the first two albums (I haven't listened to the third one yet.) They wereFirst of all I'd like to thank KOL for the epic music gven to us in the first two albums (I haven't listened to the third one yet.) They were Rock n Roll at it's purest, just albums full of passion and fun and I couldn't get enough of them.
Getting to Only By The Night, it is a dissapointment and it's a shame to see a band go down a path like this. The passion has gone and we're left with an album that's designed to make money as opposed to tearing your face off. I dislike it. Revelry is a decent song but after a while gets boring and lifeless. There are many bands who do this kind of music but much better see Sigur Ros or early U2 or even some old british post punk bands (Joy Division, The Fall, New Order etc.)
To finish I'd like to thank KOL for all the good music they have created and wish them a happy retirement… Expand
KennyMSep 24, 2008Why do Kings of Leon suck now?
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