Only by the Night

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With 2007's Because of the Times, Kings of Leon ventured out of the garage and into the arena. Tracks like "Black Thumbnail" and "Camaro" were bold, anthemic rock songs that built upon the barnyard stomp of Youth & Young Manhood, and Because of the Times topped the U.K. charts upon its debut, officially crowning the Kings as rock & roll royalty in the process. Only by the Night arrived one year later, marking the band's fastest turnaround between albums; it also furthered the epic sound that Times introduced, flaunting a set of ringing guitars and radio-ready melodies that pushed the band away from the Allman Brothers' camp. If anything, much of the album took up ...
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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
With 2007's Because of the Times, Kings of Leon ventured out of the garage and into the arena. Tracks like "Black Thumbnail" and "Camaro" were bold, anthemic rock songs that built upon the barnyard stomp of Youth & Young Manhood, and Because of the Times topped the U.K. charts upon its debut, officially crowning the Kings as rock & roll royalty in the process. Only by the Night arrived one year later, marking the band's fastest turnaround between albums; it also furthered the epic sound that Times introduced, flaunting a set of ringing guitars and radio-ready melodies that pushed the band away from the Allman Brothers' camp. If anything, much of the album took up residence in U2's cathedral, particularly during the one-two-three punch of "Sex on Fire," "Use Somebody," and "Manhattan." Appropriately, Only by the Night became a U2-sized smash on both sides of the Atlantic, selling some six million copies worldwide while firmly pushing the band into the mainstream. Like many big-sounding albums, Only by the Night is a polarizing piece of work, one that targets new fans at the expense of those who wish Kings of Leon had never shaved their beards or discovered post-'70s rock. To rope in the skeptics, the strongest tracks are pushed toward the album's first half. "Crawl" flexes the band's rock & roll muscle, melding Led Zeppelin-styled crunch with the experimental guitar buzz of U2's Achtung Baby, while "Sex on Fire" makes up for its goofy title with a meteoric chorus tailored to Caleb's voice. He sounds fantastic throughout the record, even if his vocals continue to be garbled by some untraceable accent, as if he's auditioning for the Jodie Foster role in a Broadway adaptation of Nell. Rounding out the hit-filled segment are "Use Somebody" and "Manhattan," where Matthew Followill cloaks his guitar riffs in reverb and bassist Jared Followill takes the spotlight sporadically, popping up for quick melodic fills before ducking back into the mix. While past Kings of Leon albums concerned themselves with alcohol, women, and other hedonistic themes, those two songs are nothing but pop
ock grandeur, and Caleb howls their hopeful lyrics like Bono's American-born cousin. Only by the Night focuses on textures and experimentation during the album's latter half, but most songs still deliver some sort of Technicolor melody, from "Notion" one of the only tracks featuring piano to the unexpected chorus of "Be Somebody." Taken as a whole, Only by the Night targets the audience that approved Kings of Leon's sonic shift in 2007, leaving older fans free to damn these tracks for their consciously grand approach. Yes, the album is often cheesy. Yes, some of the more popular songs lost their luster after endless months of radioplay. But Only by the Night remains a potent Kings of Leon record, and the guys have never defined their ambition so clearly.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/4/2008
  • Label: The Control Group
  • UPC: 650384024316
  • Catalog Number: 40243

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Closer (3:57)
  2. 2 Crawl (4:06)
  3. 3 Sex On Fire (3:23)
  4. 4 Use Somebody (3:50)
  5. 5 Manhattan (3:24)
  6. 6 Revelry (3:21)
  7. 7 17 (3:05)
  8. 8 Notion (3:00)
  9. 9 I Want You (5:07)
  10. 10 Be Somebody (3:47)
  11. 11 Cold Desert (5:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kings of Leon Primary Artist
Angelo Petraglia Keyboards
Jacquire King Keyboards
Caleb Followill Guitar, Vocals
Nathan Followill Drums, Background Vocals
Jared Followill Bass, Background Vocals
Matthew Followill Guitar, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Richard Dodd Mastering
Angelo Petraglia Producer, Audio Production
Al Bello Cover Photo
Brett Kilroe Art Direction
Jacquire King Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Ken Levitan Management
Caleb Followill Composer
Nathan Followill Composer
Jared Followill Composer
Matthew Followill Composer
Lowell Reynolds Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Amazing Album!

    This is one of the best albums I've heard in a long time. Every song is so good I can't pick a favorite. Their sound is so original and his voice is very unique. I highly recommend this CD!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    kings of leon

    Best album ever-Love it!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    AMAZING!

    This entire cd is fantastic! How often do you listen to the entire cd without skipping a song or 2. Every song is as good as the last!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    In my top 10 for 2009

    Love this CD by Kings of Leon...worth the wait!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Only by the Night

    This is a great CD - absolutely a "Keeper"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    you have to buy this!

    Kings of Leon is by far one of my favorite bands. All of their cds have been amazing. With this cd, I felt that this was their best record yet. I highly recommend it to everyone. With the musky-rustic-raspy voice of the lead singer it becomes a unique sultry and seductive cd.!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    new favorite

    I bought this cd sight unseen (or audio unheard!) because I thought KOL sang the song "Use Somebody" which I had heard on the radio and loved. I took it home and loved every song on it. I have since gone back and bought all of their earlier albums. They definitely have a "sound" as the lead singer's voice is very distinctive, but it doesn't all sound the same. I would highly recommend this cd and all their earlier ones. Best song...hard to choose, but I really like the song "17" which might not make single status, but is great. Like three songs in one. My teenaged daughter thinks they are the coolest, and so do I! I do wish they would have put the song lyrics inside the cover--I want to sing along!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent

    My daughter gave me this cd. It's one of the best I've heard in a very long time. I'm not quite 60 and this has made me excited about music again about a group I had not yet heard of.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Only by the Night - Kings of Leon

    Their best album yet! With tracks 'Sex on Fire' and 'Use Somebody', this CD can knock your socks off.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The best purchase I've made in a long time

    Every song on the CD is GREAT. The versatility on this CD is remarkable. I haven't been this excited about a band in a long time. Enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    long time Kings Of Leon fan

    I have been a fan of KOL for years and loved a lot of their musci but this is their CD yet!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Totally unique

    one of the best CDs ever -- lots of soul. There is nothing out there to compare it to, amazing lyrics, composition and great depth. They've come a long, long way. I love this CD.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing Album!

    If you are in the mood for something new and different, definitely check out this album! It will blow you away.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    You Must Listen to this Band!

    I've owned this record for several weeks and I do not get tired of it. These young cats have developed an innovative, signature sound that is complex and melodic. Included in the equation are Caleb's evocative vocals, with the rasp and that sweet cry, some vague and scimpy lyrics notwithstanding.
    The magic has matured and solidified on this album. In a world who's commercial pop music makes the ears bleed and sucks the life out of you, this band is one of those that restores my faith in the wealth of imagination and musical genious waiting to rock us through the generations.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    excellent

    enjoyed all cd

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    If you're new to Kings of Leon, this album will make you want to buy all their previous albums.

    If you've been listening to KoL for a while, you won't be disappointed with this album. Songs: Be Somebody, Use Somebody, Closer, Sex on Fire, and more are awesome.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    All Grown Up

    Kings of Leon have been one of the most underappreciated bands in the US. They are reknown across the globe accept for here. It's a shame too, their growth on &quot Only by the Night&quot shows their talent coming together after 3 amazing albums. Every CD gets better and more mature. The first 5 tracks are top notch, with &quot Sex on Fire&quot and &quot Use Somebody&quot standing out the most. While they might not have the &quot oomph&quot of their first 2 &quot in your face&quot CDs they do carry more of the &quot chilled style&quot of the 3rd one and they combine the best of them all. Caleb Followhill is probably on the most underated singers as well. His voice has gotten more crisp and believe it or not, more personal. This CD will not dissapoint. It make take more than 1 spin to grown on you but believe me it will grow on you.

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