Youth & Young Manhood

Youth & Young Manhood

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by Kings of Leon
     
 

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Well-schooled in rock 'n' roll's traditional battle between good and evil, these honest-to-goodness sons (and nephew) of a preacher man are steeped in Southern tradition on both ends of that spectrum. The Kings specialize in old-school boogie -- the kind of stuff that'll conjure up images of Black Oak Arkansas at their greasiest,

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Well-schooled in rock 'n' roll's traditional battle between good and evil, these honest-to-goodness sons (and nephew) of a preacher man are steeped in Southern tradition on both ends of that spectrum. The Kings specialize in old-school boogie -- the kind of stuff that'll conjure up images of Black Oak Arkansas at their greasiest, particularly on "Dusty" and "Red Morning Light" -- but it's not as if they've just emerged from a time capsule. Frontman Caleb Followill exudes an easygoing vibe, his low-slung voice alternately suggesting whiskey-fueled sexuality ("Molly's Chambers") and morning-after regret (the piano-tweaked "Trani"). Brother Matthew Followill's arcing guitar lines, on the other hand, split the difference between Allmans-styled grace ("California Waiting") and hellhound-on-his-tail slash-and-burn (the woozy "Spiral Staircase"). While sonically less primitive than new-rock kindred spirits such as the White Stripes and the Hives, Kings of Leon are every bit as rooted in the primordial ooze of rock's origins -- and every bit as capable of beckoning listeners to get down 'n' dirty as well.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
The Kings of Leon are the sons of a preacher and their debut album, Youth and Young Manhood, is their hymnal of rock & roll redemption. The brothers (and one cousin) Followill work with producer Ethan Johns for a rattling country-rock hootenanny, basically reviving the deep-fried Southern rock found on the band's first EP, Holy Roller Novocaine. Four of the five cuts featured in that set are included for a second time and they're nicely seeded in all their honky tonk rowdiness among the band's seven brand new tracks. Launching things off is the swanky "Red Morning Light." Guitarist Matthew Followill immediately establishes himself as a skilled musician, complementing his cousin Caleb's coarse-grained drawl. "Joe's Head" is the closest the band comes to sounding like Tom Petty and Gregg Allman. "Spiral Staircase" finds Caleb causing trouble Bon Scott-style, while the band hints at some shenanigan-like behavior with some psychedelic pop. Youth and Young Manhood isn't sonically adventurous, but in the new-millennium pop realm, some greasy licks sure sound good.
Rolling Stone - Greg Kot
The thrill is in the groove.
Blender - RJ Smith
[The Kings'] debut throbs like the Strokes with cross-eyed parents, their songs gritty and economical, their drummer nasty in all the best places.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/19/2003
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0828765239424
catalogNumber:
52394

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Youth & Young Manhood 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As people speak critically about a "garage-rock" revival, its important to realize that rock and roll is not some fad, and its return to the spotlight is long overdue and welcomed by many. The Kings are a breath of fresh air, bringing a 70's style southern rock sound that pays homage to its influences without robbing from them. Honestly I was a bit skeptical at first, with Caleb's vocals sounding like he has a mouthful of rocks, but after a few listens to this album I was singing whole-heartedly in my car while banging out the infectiosly simple lead guitar riffs (on my air-guitar). And after a while, I found those "garbled" vocals to be the most addictive singing voice in recent memory. To conclude, these guys are true-blue hip shaking rock, and they have the look to match the sound. If you like rock, buy this album, and give it a few tries becuase this puppy grows on you like a fresh poison ivy rash. In a good way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Family tradition!! This is essential to a complete Rock & Roll music collection. Their live show is better than the album!!
rnr13 More than 1 year ago
Bought their newest CD when I heard "Sex On Fire" and have worked my way back through their catolog. I have enjoyed every one of them!
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