Youth & Young Manhoodby Kings of Leon
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.
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Performance CreditsKings of Leon Primary Artist
Richard Causon Piano
Caleb Followill Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Nathan Followill Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Jared Followill Bass,Piano
Matthew Followill Guitar
Technical CreditsEthan Johns Arranger,Producer,Engineer
King Williams Engineer
Brett Kilroe Art Direction
Caleb Followill Composer
Nathan Followill Composer
Kevin Christy Cover Illustration
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Family tradition!! This is essential to a complete Rock & Roll music collection. Their live show is better than the album!!
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.
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!