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Because of the Times
     

Because of the Times

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by Kings of Leon
 

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Leaning even further toward a kind of post-punk meets prog rock aesthetic than on their first two albums, Nashville-based Kings of Leon have crafted a darker, less pop-oriented and somewhat cerebral affair with 2007's Because of the Times. In fact, if Alan Parsons lent

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Leaning even further toward a kind of post-punk meets prog rock aesthetic than on their first two albums, Nashville-based Kings of Leon have crafted a darker, less pop-oriented and somewhat cerebral affair with 2007's Because of the Times. In fact, if Alan Parsons lent the Allman Brothers his spaceship, Because of the Times would be the resulting space odyssey. While that leads to some intriguing moments, the general move away from strong, hooky choruses to a focus on expansive, intricate and percussive arrangements may challenge casual and even some longtime fans of the band's catchy, Southern garage rock twang. That said, cuts like the atmospheric and brooding lead-off track "Knocked Up" showcase lead-singer Caleb Followill's growing maturity as a singer and lyricist, and bring to mind favorable comparisons to such artists as Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen. Similarly, the moody single "On Call" and the roiling, dramatic "McFearless," while not immediately hummable, do sink into your memory, revealing layers of melody and emotion on repeated listens.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/03/2007
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0886970377621
catalogNumber:
703776
Rank:
214750

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kings of Leon   Primary Artist
Caleb Followill   Guitar,Vocals
Nathan Followill   Drums,Background Vocals
Jared Followill   Bass,Background Vocals
Matthew Followill   Guitar,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Ethan Johns   Producer
Mike Kemp   Cover Photo
Angelo Petraglia   Producer
Ken Levitan   Management
Caleb Followill   Composer
Nathan Followill   Composer
Jared Followill   Composer
Matthew Followill   Composer
Lowell Reynolds   Engineer
Clifton Allen   Engineer
Angelo Petragua   Audio Production
Ethan Jones   Audio Production

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Because of the Times 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really love this CD. I have their first two albums and really enjoyed the raspy-jam sound they had going on, but I really think they stepped it up with this album and I am definitely pleasantly surprised!!! Listen to it... I especially like "On Call"...
L-Carshell More than 1 year ago
When I first heard of Kings Of Leon, I was immediately hooked to their upbeat, catchy style on the "Only By The Night" cd. However, my jaw absolutely dropped when I heard that throat-tearing screech Caleb Followill emits repeately on "Charmer." I purchased this cd next day, and have yet to be disappointed by the material. If I could help influence a decision of which track to listen to first (unless, of course, you'd rather go in chronological order), I'd suggest listening to "Ragoo," "Fans," or "On Call" first, just to hear the variety Kings of Leon have to offer. This band doesn't seem to be disappearing any time soon.
Chilllll_N More than 1 year ago
You have to hear it, then rehear it, and then you will finally feel it.
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