Youth & Young Manhood

  • Record Label: RCA
  • Release Date: Aug 19, 2003
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Uncut
    100
    Makes you want to chain-smoke while swigging a quart of Jim by the neck and taking agreeable houswives to stud. [Aug 2003, p.110]
  2. Using and abusing passionate gospel, country sweetness and filthy guitar licks, the Kings of Leon are the kind of authentic, hairy rebels the Rolling Stones longed to be.
  3. Youth & Young Manhood is 2003's finest rock debut.
  4. This remarkable debut captures the sound of growing up and busting out without sparing the rough edges.
  5. If Alabama's Drive-by Truckers are the Second Coming of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Tennessee's Kings of Leon are ZZ Top -- barons of boogie.
  6. Spin
    83
    The Kings are probably sick of the "redneck Stones" tag already, but the signs are all there. [Aug 2003, p.111]
  7. Entertainment Weekly
    83
    Their lyrics... roil with the randiness and violence of Delta classics. [22/29 Aug 2003, p.132]
  8. Magnet
    80
    The Kings of Leon sound like Molly Hatchet locking horns with the Gun Club. [#60, p.105]
  9. Q Magazine
    80
    While rough and a little patchy, it's a cracking debut nonetheless. [Aug 2003, p.108]
  10. They come on like old-school greasers who've been around long enough to know how to savor a moment.
  11. Filter
    80
    Despite their penchant for over-the-top tribute, Kings of Leon recycle classic rock 'n' roll with such earnestness and ebullience, that it's hard not to sing along. [#6, p.88]
  12. 'Youth and Young Manhood' is nothing more than a great rock'n'roll album.
  13. Blender
    70
    Their debut throbs like the Strokes with cross-eyed parents, their songs gritty and economical, their drummer nasty in all the best places. [Aug 2003, p.126]
  14. And not unlike the uncertain characters populating their songs, the band members have yet to stake out a distinctive musical identity, borrowing a little too liberally from their Southern Rock roots without adding anything original to the mythology.
  15. There's absolutely nothing revolutionary about what these guys are pulling, but they synthesize a gritty staccato new wave attack with the arrogant, swaying machismo of old school boogie with an authority far beyond their few years.
  16. A safe, if frayed, rock album that bristles and pops with flashes of brilliance, yet never ignites into the full-blown firestorm they're quite obviously capable of creating.
  17. Mojo
    70
    Faced with the Kings of Leon's musical savvy, however, it's easy to believe the hype. [Sep 2003, p.104]
  18. The band shows an incredible level of bravado on their album of fun summer hymns, but has a hard time breaking through the barrier the lackluster vocals create.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 74 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 35
  2. Negative: 1 out of 35
  1. Aug 18, 2014
    10
    The Kings Of Leon's best album. So raw and beautiful at the same time. The hooks are great, and the songs fit perfectly together, and Caleb'sThe Kings Of Leon's best album. So raw and beautiful at the same time. The hooks are great, and the songs fit perfectly together, and Caleb's voice gives me goosebumps when he takes it to the edge. Full Review »
  2. Feb 15, 2012
    9
    Awesome debut album from KOL. Raw hillbillies left loose in a studio and the results are as you'd expect - wild, exciting rock and roll. YouAwesome debut album from KOL. Raw hillbillies left loose in a studio and the results are as you'd expect - wild, exciting rock and roll. You don't just get glimpses of potential here, you get pretty close to the finished article. They're missing the stadium rock anthems here no one is saying that's a bad thing. California Waiting and Molly's Chambers still rank up with their best work. Full Review »
  3. Aug 6, 2011
    7
    Back when I thought they could kick my ass. Zero sign of anything they've done on their past two/three albums ("Charmer" on Because of theBack when I thought they could kick my ass. Zero sign of anything they've done on their past two/three albums ("Charmer" on Because of the Times was close). "Trani" is the best thing they've ever written and as Bob Dylan said, it's a hell of a song. "Spiral Staircase" is/was great live. Full Review »