Youth & Young Manhood

  • Record Label: RCA
  • Release Date: Aug 19, 2003
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 74 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 64 out of 74
  2. Negative: 5 out of 74

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  1. peter
    Oct 8, 2003
    5
    Sorry, nothing special. Far far behind The Strokes or The White Stripes.
  2. joonspoon
    May 19, 2004
    6
    Kings of cut 'n' paste plagiarism.
  3. Oct 5, 2014
    6
    Youth and Young Manhood may not be the bands most outstanding LP, but it still stands up quite well on the back's of some surprisingly strong, clever and fun garage rock tunes.

    Kings of Leon's first two EPs form the backbone of their debut record (Holy Roller Novocaine gave us "Molly's Chambers," "Wasted time" and "California Waiting," while What I Saw churned out "Red Morning Light").
    Youth and Young Manhood may not be the bands most outstanding LP, but it still stands up quite well on the back's of some surprisingly strong, clever and fun garage rock tunes.

    Kings of Leon's first two EPs form the backbone of their debut record (Holy Roller Novocaine gave us "Molly's Chambers," "Wasted time" and "California Waiting," while What I Saw churned out "Red Morning Light"). Smart to an extent, as the album sometimes feels like a fleshed out compilation of these two releases.

    "Red Morning Light" (the album's first single) is a strong indication of what is to come, opening the album with bravado. The flesh carries us to "Wasted Time," (single #3) a short little rocker with a grimy edge. The only special moment barring the EP backbone comes with "Trani," a slow and reflective track with lots of soul. "California Waiting" and "Molly's Chambers" (singles #2 & 4 respectively) round out the framework of Youth & Young Manhood, and prove to be the two most memorable pieces on the record.

    Divorced from the strong backbone taken from the bands first two EP releases, Youth & Young Manhood would prove itself unmemorable and pudgy. Luckily, we are able to look back on an entertaining, quirky and memorable release from Kings of Leon - without the slight commercial tinge seen on their latter releases.

    Crazy and undeniably southern, here is a debut that is surprisingly worthwhile thanks to a powerful stable of well written garage rock hits.

    Track Picks: || Red Morning Light || Wasted Time || Trani || California Waiting || Molly's Chambers||
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79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Spin
    83
    The Kings are probably sick of the "redneck Stones" tag already, but the signs are all there. [Aug 2003, p.111]
  2. 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]
  3. 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.