• Record Label: RCA
  • Release Date: Apr 3, 2007
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Kings of Leon have spent much of the past couple of years in potentially soul-sapping support slots on extended US stadium tours by the likes of Bob Dylan, Pearl Jam and, most significantly, U2. But rather than be ground down by that experience, they've used it as the jumping-off point for a bold expansion of their own parameters.
  2. 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.
  3. Because Of The Times isn't likely to make anyone forget Lynyrd Skynyrd. But it's still one of the most consistently surprising and vibrant rock records since, arguably, Aha Shake Heartbreak.
  4. Alternative Press
    90
    They've honed their sound perfectly, hitting every mark they set and making Because Of The Times kick so much ass that it demands you respect them as new rock royalty. [May 2007, p.152]
  5. Filter
    90
    This is meat and 'taters rock mixed with the Devil's blood. [#24, p.90]
  6. The best thing, really, that can be said of Because of the Times is that it works the hardest trick: seeming deeply personal and inclusive, but still having an embrace elastic enough to be universally appealing.
  7. Although it's stylistically diverse, the album feels coherent.
  8. Under The Radar
    80
    A highly experimental, willfully difficult curveball that, against all odds, is incredibly listenable and far more noteworthy than their conventional (albeit solid) output to date could have ever hinted at. [#17, p.85]
  9. Uncut
    80
    It's all certainly a lot more complex, if a little less immediate, than anything they've done before. [May 2007, p.104]
  10. Mojo
    80
    Because Of The Times burns with all the invention and ambition that seemed to have been sucked out of its predecessor. [May 2007, p.108]
  11. Q Magazine
    80
    While lyrically Kings Of Leon remain underdeveloped, how they've grown musically. [May 2007, p.119]
  12. The band doesn't fuss with any sort of rootsy purism, which is why it gets away with retro moves that would sound soft from anybody else.
  13. If you like your Americana raw and passionate, look no further.
  14. Because Of The Times is Kings Of Leon's best album yet, their most fully realised and mature work to date.
  15. The need for rock'n'roll bands to declare war on clichés has been evident for ages. But who'd have thought a band in tight jeans and sunglasses would wind up leading the charge?
  16. Because of the Times is Kings of Leon's turn at maturity, without any of the pretentiousness that customarily surrounds that label.
  17. 'Because Of The Times' cements Kings Of Leon as one of the great American bands of our times.
  18. Billboard
    80
    "Because of the Times" is a brooder at heart, and much of the material here is some of the Kings' most demanding to date. It's also among their best. [14 Apr 2007]
  19. The group have kept their sound surprisingly fresh incorporating some welcome sonic refinements, without making any great creative leap or departure.
  20. Because of the Times... reveals a band growing musically and revealing the requisite growing pains.
  21. There’s gold here but you need to dig deep.
  22. However admirable and surprising the band's ambition throughout Because Of The Times may be, not every experiment works so well.
  23. 70
    The Kings sound huger, less moonshine-slurry, even more romantic.
  24. Not quite a soaring rock masterpiece, but certainly a bold move that achieves a variable degree of success. Because of the Times proves that Kings of Leon have the ability to change move into new territory, as so many of their garage peers from five years ago have failed to do.
  25. So it’s tough to call this one. If it were only the first eight tracks this would probably be the best album I’ve heard in 2007.
  26. More muscle than penmanship, more highway than garage, Because the Times rolls like Foghat at the close of Dazed & Confused.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 183 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 16 out of 183
  1. OzzL
    Mar 6, 2009
    8
    Possibly their best album to date. Shame the sales weren't what they deserved to be. The first half of the album is rocky and Possibly their best album to date. Shame the sales weren't what they deserved to be. The first half of the album is rocky and aggressive. The second half of the album is mature and musically brilliant. On the whole a good album. Full Review »
  2. Dec 5, 2017
    9
    Kings of Leon keep the quality levels high on their 3rd record. A clear move is felt from alternative guitar rock to a denser, heavier rockKings of Leon keep the quality levels high on their 3rd record. A clear move is felt from alternative guitar rock to a denser, heavier rock aiming for the stadiums can be heard here. This is in contrast to what had gone before with the band. "Because Of The Times" is an out and out rock record it's the first time in the bands career that you can hear the songs being written for huge stadium gigs. The tunes are quite strong on this and the record helped propell the band to massive stardom. As time has passed this record, while not as blistering as it initially sounded, still holds up well. "Charmer", "On Call" and "Ragoo" rank as my favourite tracks from the album. Full Review »
  3. Jun 9, 2015
    8
    This one is a great record. It has lots of influences, some of them more recent than others, but in the end the songwriting is great and theThis one is a great record. It has lots of influences, some of them more recent than others, but in the end the songwriting is great and the swagger is high in the more "rock" tracks (ex. Charmer). Full Review »