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A-Ha Shake Heartbreak
     

A-Ha Shake Heartbreak

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by Kings of Leon
 

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On their debut album, Youth and Young Manhood, this all-in-the-family combo -- think Hanson after a trip down to the crossroads -- exhibited a virtually nonstop swagger. That made for a compelling vibe but less-than-memorable songs, a shortcoming they’ve rectified on this slightly mellower, considerably more clear-eyed follow-up. Still well rooted in southern

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On their debut album, Youth and Young Manhood, this all-in-the-family combo -- think Hanson after a trip down to the crossroads -- exhibited a virtually nonstop swagger. That made for a compelling vibe but less-than-memorable songs, a shortcoming they’ve rectified on this slightly mellower, considerably more clear-eyed follow-up. Still well rooted in southern rock tradition, the Followills conjure up the spirit of Duane Allman on the slithery “Day Old Blues” -- on which Matthew’s guitar and Caleb’s vocal do the sort of dance that could only be concocted by good old boys born under a bad sign. But rather than merely boogie the night away, the quartet takes off in some unexpected directions, adding off-kilter polyrhythms to “King of the Rodeo” and a Spectorsound grandiosity to “The Bucket.” A musky energy permeates a good deal of the disc -- from the lustful “Taper Jean Girl” to the near-elegiac “Slow Nights, So Long” -- which can be credited in equal parts to the live-in-the-studio recording process and the natural rawness of Caleb’s voice. Ideal for a late night’s debauching, and not so bad for the morning after, either.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
The mysterious Followill family returns to the front porch/garage on the Kings of Leon's engaging sophomore effort, Aha Shake Heartbreak. On Youth & Young Manhood, the Kings gave Southern rock a swift kick in the rear, sounding like Lynyrd Skynyrd posing as a bunch of N.Y.U. film students (or vice versa). For their latest, the Nashville quartet raises a flag that's equal parts Confederate and Union Jack. Their success in the U.K. is understandable, as Caleb Followill's lazy drawl sounds like a cross between Bon Scott, Ray Davies, and Eddie Money with a slight Jamaican accent, but it's their seamless and agreeable blend of rock & roll, country, and Roky Erickson-style psychedelia, matched with a keen lyrical wit, that makes them fascinating to both sides of the pond. On the twenty-something barfly opener "Slow Night, So Long," Caleb laments/celebrates the soulless dance of the one-night stand ("She's opened up just like she really knows me/I hate her face, but enjoy the company") like a true student of outlaw country. It's a theme that runs rampant throughout Heartbreak, and whether it's set against a swamp-sick boogie ("Pistol of Fire") or emitted through a lonesome yodel ("Day Old Blues"), it resonates as clear and cool as the opening notes of a Creedence Clearwater Revival tune.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/30/2004
Label:
Rca Victor Europe
UPC:
0828766474428
catalogNumber:
664744

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kings of Leon   Primary Artist
Ethan Johns   Piano,Keyboards
Caleb Followill   Guitar,Pipe,Vocals
Nathan Followill   Drums
Matthew Followill   Guitar

Technical Credits

Ethan Johns   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Brett Kilroe   Art Direction
Jacquire King   Engineer
Ken Levitan   Management
Angelo   Producer,Audio Production
Caleb Followill   Composer
Nathan Followill   Composer
Jared Followill   Composer
Matthew Followill   Composer
Robin C. Hendrickson   Art Direction
Emily Deaderick   Publicity
Jakub Blackman   Publicity
Ken Weinstein   Publicity

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A-Ha Shake Heartbreak 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
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THE FOLLOW UP CD AHA SHAKE HEARTBRAKE IS AS GOOD OR BETTER THAN THE FIRST. i LOVE THIS CD AND KINGS ARE MY NEW FAVORITE BAND. THEY ARE NOT THAT POPULAR IN THE STATES BUT THEY SHOULD BE. THEY ARE BETTER THAN THE STROKES.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you liked King of Leon before, this album is even better...they have improved as musicians and have begun to incorporate more influences into their sound. This album is also more personal than the last in a lot of ways....and it's really really good for dance parties.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Recently picked up the new CD and I have to say it's a great one. KOL is a different, but unique sounding band that will soon be the next "big stars".
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Kings of Leon's 'Aha Shake Heartbreak' is my favorite CD of all time. There is not a single song on it that I don't like. All the tracks are different, catchy, and clever enough to have me bopping to their sound clips at the Music Section in Barnes and Noble. The Kings of Leon have a unique, fresh sound that is hard to find these days. Their lyrics are simple and sensitive yet powerful, and you cannot compare their sound. I guarantee 'Aha Shake Heartbreak' will inspire you! So go out and buy this CD-it will not disappoint.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i can't really express how brilliant this album is. every single song is perfect and beautiful and fun and i just can't stop listening to it. kings of leon are an incredible band and they just keep getting better! i can't wait for their third album but right now youth and young manhood and aha shake heartbreak more than compensate!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first heard of Kings of Leon in the April 2005 issue of SPIN magazine; there I read about their hedonistic lifestyle overseas, where they have reigned over British charts since their debut album "Youth & Young Manhood." To me, they seemed pretty interesting (I'm always interested in what's on the British charts...as you, too, should be), but I didn't give them a second thought...until I saw their music video for "The Bucket" on FUSE TV's "The Next Big Thing." And let me tell you, Kings of Leon ARE The Next Big Thing! At least they deserve to be. These guys are young...and talented. Three of them are brothers and the other one is their first cousin. They write all of their songs together. Lead singer Caleb Followill wails choppy lyrics in an true, edgy rock 'n' roll voice. Brother Jared and cousin Matthew follow up with electrifying riffs on guitar, and Nathan makes a sturdy backbone for the band with catchy, straightforward drumming. In songs like "Four Kicks", the band delivers a hard, fast, 2 minute dose of solid rock, while in melancholy tunes such as "Milk", Jared moans with lovesick sincerity, "She saw my comb-over/ Her hourglass body/ She had problems with drinking milk/ And being school tardy." Each track is short, but sweet. And worth every penny. Kings of Leon offer a sound you don't often hear in the United States: real, raw, and undeniably royal.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Aha Shake Heartbreak is an amazing record - don't let anyone convince you otherwise! Kings of Leon are a unique breed of musicians on the rock scene. There's really no other band to which they can be compared. The music is great, and the album is full of energy, but it has some great slower tunes too. If you're looking to get into an awesome band, the Kings of Leon are right for you. They're big in the UK, so let's hope they get the American love they deserve! Buy this album, and if they're coming to a town near you, catch the live show!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is awesome. BUY IT! Favorite tracks: Slow Night, So Long-reminds me of the strokes King of the Rodeo-probably my favorite on the cd! Milk-a great slower song Soft-the must upbeat song-also reminds me of the strokes The Bucket-the first single-great, extremely catchy Four Kicks-the second single-this reminds me more of Youth & Young manhood, also a great song
Guest More than 1 year ago
Aha Shake Heartbreak shatters all current music endeavors. Leaving one to believe that a new movement of great influenced rock is right around the corner. Thanks to Tennesee's, Followill Boys, tracks one the new album are bringing together melodies that Julian Casablancas and Elton John dream about. Current signle, "The Bucket," will remind you of Led Zeppelin's, "Going to California," and Smashing Pumkin's, "Today!" Do yourselve's a favor and treat your ears to a nice serving of rock. Compliments of Audible Culinary experts, KINGS OF LEON.
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Kings of Leon's newest CD "Aha Shake Heartbreak" is one of the most overrated albums of the year. The music sounds like a group of amateurs got together in a garage and started playing together. However, none of them know how to play. The singer has an accent where you can even understand a word he says. Please ignore the reviews that you have previously read and don't buy this CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
They are way better than the mainstream U.K./US rockers. They have spunk, talent, and musical abilities, that you wouldn't find in other rock bands. They are my fave U.K. band, next to the Rolling Stones. The new CD is outstanding...ROCK ON!!!!