Youth & Young Manhood - Kings of Leon
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  • Summary: This is the debut full-length for the Nashville-based rock band consisting of three brothers (the sons of a preacher) and their cousin.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. 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. This remarkable debut captures the sound of growing up and busting out without sparing the rough edges.
  3. If Alabama's Drive-by Truckers are the Second Coming of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Tennessee's Kings of Leon are ZZ Top -- barons of boogie.
  4. They come on like old-school greasers who've been around long enough to know how to savor a moment.
  5. 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.
  6. 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]
  7. The songs are so generic that the only thing left at the record's conclusion is the feeling of how hollow and insubstantial the whole thing is.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 35
  2. Negative: 1 out of 35
  1. Aug 18, 2014
    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's voice gives me goosebumps when he takes it to the edge. Expand
  2. Chris
    Oct 22, 2005
    Bloody flippin fantastic. Wat garage is really about.
  3. frankd
    Dec 11, 2003
  4. PhilB.
    Sep 8, 2008
    Bloody brilliant
  5. RabR
    Apr 1, 2004
    Rock N Roll at its finest. What a debut, roll on the second album.
  6. Feb 15, 2012
    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. 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. Expand
  7. SamW
    Jul 2, 2005
    This is worst music I have heard. Vocals and instrument work show lack of talent and practice. Vocal pitch is poor, Reminds me of punk rocku froim years back, can't believe RCA is backing these guys, they muyst have really done a major sell job or snow job shall I say. Anyone who likes this doesn't know what good music really is, what a shame. Expand

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