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Youth And Young Manhood

Kings of Leon

2003

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Youth And Young Manhood
Album Summary

The album was recorded at Shangri-La Studios in Malibu, Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, and Ocean Way Studios in Nashville."Molly's Chambers", "Wasted Time", and "California Waiting" were released as singles. "Red Morning Light" was featured in a Ford Focus commercial and used as the opening song in the video game FIFA 2004 by EA Sports. "Spiral Staircase" was featured in the PS3 game MotorStorm. "Holy Roller Novocaine" was featured in the film Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and included on the soundtrack. Critical reception for the album was generally favorable, as evidenced by its score of 79, based on 21 reviews, at Metacritic, a website that assigns a weighted mean rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics. Many appreciated the band's punk- and garage rock-influenced revival of the southern rock genre, with NME hailing the album among the "best debuts of the past 10 years".

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3.15

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Mon May 22 2023
4

I recently saw a reel that described Kings of Leon as “Southern Fried Strokes.” I thought it was a stretch. Then i heard this album. It is not a stretch.

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Mon Oct 02 2023
3

I feel like Jeff Winger when he found out the study group was abbreviating Barenaked Ladies' name. Wow, three albums for Kings of Leon, really? They're so fundamental that we're celebrating their debut album? Call me a selfish, jaded ass, but that's too much. Best track: Joe's Head

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Wed May 24 2023
3

I feel like I should have enjoyed this more than I did. It was fine, but something just felt off for me which causes me to like it a lot less. Maybe it's the vocalists voice which I find just a little bit annoying. 2.5/5

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Thu Aug 03 2023
1

Painfully boring. Annoying vocals and cliche instrumentation. Feels like the mix between Lynyrd Skynyrd, The White Stripes, and The Strokes went rancid in the fridge. And those were all, at best, 3s themselves. Cold garbage, solid 1.0

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Sun Aug 20 2023
3

Very generic mid-2000s rock. I'd heard a few of these, you know, they're fine, but I can't see how they've achieved a billion streams on one of their tunes. The singer had the sound of a less committed Damon Albarn.

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Sun Aug 27 2023
1

Go to your dad's car and find his CDs. I guaranteed you can find something better than what's in this album. You've heard this kind of rock before in bars, parties, and festivals. The lead singer has the voice and charisma of a goldfish with the band providing filler instrumentals. There's no passion to it; one song leads into the next and some do sound different (especially the pop sounding songs on here). It's by the numbers southern rock about the sad things in life. It's not enough to get a recommend from me though. Spend your time with something else.

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Sun Nov 12 2023
5

This is the Kings I remember before they got pretty and had their sex be on fire

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Fri Dec 22 2023
1

There is a received wisdom that KoL were good in their early days, but declined when they went mainstream and got popular. This, their debut album, blows that theory out of the water and proves they were pretty bad from day one. Rating: 1.5/5 Playlist track: Red Morning Light Date listened: 21/12/23

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Fri Sep 08 2023
5

This album is fucking awesome, I am bias and I will fight you if you disagree.

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Wed May 31 2023
4

Enjoyable but his voice is just so affected…

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Thu Jan 04 2024
2

If you actually like rock, you won’t like this.

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Fri Jan 05 2024
2

Dull as heck. Why recommend this one when it's neither their best nor their most popular album?

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Wed Jan 03 2024
1

I've never really been the biggest fan of Kings of Leon, this album definitely backs this statement up. I felt each track sounded very similar to the last, making my listening experience rather boring. Not to mention, I cannot stand the frontman's vocals; it sounds as if he's screaming with a bunch of marbles in his mouth. Long story, short, this album is just a bunch of distorted noise.

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Fri Jan 05 2024
1

Bland guitar rock with grating vocals. Never understood the appeal of this band and this album only made my opinion of them worse.

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Tue May 16 2023
5

So many classics! I didn't know they were all on this album. Feels like Bob Dylan crawled into a punk basement in the UK in the 80s/90s.

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Wed Jun 07 2023
5

I think it says a lot about an album when the final track makes you want to listen to the album again. Red Morning Light is a great start, Joe's Head certainly grabs your attention, California Waiting, and Molly's Chambers are great tracks but there's something I really love about Talihina Sky.

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Thu Jun 08 2023
5

Hands down their best album. I mean COME ON these songs are so EXCITING! They captured a raw energy that was still present in their second album, but by albums 3 and 4 had shifted into something else - not something bad, but something different and less magical that what they captured here on their debut. I watched some YouTube video the other day where they attributed the shift in sound to opening up for U2 on tour, which made a lot of sense to me. They were new to big arenas, and after listening to U2 play mid tempo rock arena jams night after night, how could their sound not change? So what they captured on this album was a specific moment in time in their development, and I'm glad we have it. I love ALL of these songs and will continue to come back to this album as I have over many years.

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Mon Jun 26 2023
5

23rd June 2023 Listened while driving to camping with Joe and Adna outside Leicester. One of the cornerstones of my teenage years, an absolute stone cold banger.

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Wed Jun 28 2023
5

Rating: 9/10 Best songs: Red morning light, Happy alone, Wasted time, California waiting, Molly’s chamber, Holy roller novocaine

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Thu Jun 29 2023
5

Really liked this album. It had me wanting more and had me going to Only By the Night. I think its a 5

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Sat Jul 15 2023
5

A fantastic album, been listening to it for years. Favourite tracks are: 'Red Morning Light,' 'Molly's Chambers,' 'Holy Roller Novocaine' & 'Talihina Sky'

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Fri Aug 04 2023
5

Yes yes yes. No nonsense, full energy, distinct style. Came through like a breath of fresh air at the time. I saw them live after this album, then after then album that followed. The first gig they literally said nothing between the songs. Absolutely loved it. The second gig you could tell they hit the big time as they had a glitter ball on stage and I think they may have introduced themselves!

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Fri Sep 01 2023
5

My favorite Kings of Leon, when they were raw, hillbilly-sounding rock. Everything later was more polished and produced. Still great, but this first album is the most fun.

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Fri Oct 13 2023
5

I wondered if this might make the list. I long for the days of old KoL.

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Mon Oct 16 2023
5

So much better than I expected this to be. Wow. Great rock and roll that sounds classic yet modern, and a totally different sound than their poppier 2009 smash (which I also like). His voice was awesome and this just fun to hear.

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Wed Dec 06 2023
5

não tinha direito de ser tão bom. Quando bandas fazem um álbum simples com bom rock, não tem muito erro. Aí os cara vão e me meter umas música pretensiosa como Sex is on Fire num álbum futuro e acaba com a reputação

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Sun Dec 17 2023
5

I like this one. Had heard a few of their songs before. Really liked this.

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Wed Feb 07 2024
5

Oh hell yea Kings Of Leon were my band for while in the 2000s into the 2010s. Come Around Sundown was maybe the last new album I bought on CD (at my beloved MusicWorld). Wild how they were a band that didn’t really last past that era though, even though they are putting out new music and are seemingly trying to build an audience on TikTok. This album is amazing. I go back and forth on which of their four albums are their best. This pretty much keep the momentum throughout so this is a likely winner.

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Fri Feb 23 2024
5

Like being a sophomore in college all over again.

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Mon Feb 26 2024
5

Very nice album - I like it. Great debut!

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Sat Mar 09 2024
5

I don't know what my problem was with the prior Kings of Leon album we listened to but this one was totally my jam. Well, one of my jams at least. I dug it start to finish.

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Fri Mar 22 2024
5

Fun album. Still their best.

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Fri Apr 05 2024
5

Fucking love their early work. So many bangers

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Tue May 23 2023
4

I've always really liked their album "Only By The Night" but hadn't ever gone back to listen to their first album. I liked this one too, just a little less. Sounded a bit less polished than some of their later stuff. But still love this dude's voices and the style they play

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Tue May 23 2023
4

These guys started out so well. Forever tainted by the sex on fire phase. This is a good listen though

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Fri May 26 2023
4

I've never heard anything from them before the Only by the night album... It is pretty different. Not bad.

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Thu Jun 01 2023
4

Kings of Leon, what a great debut album, Youth & Young Manhood is a fantastic testament to early 2000s alt-rock/garage-rock. There are so many great singles on this that you can't help but do at least a little head-bop to. With songs featured in TV Commercials, in Movies and as part of the FIFA games soundtrack, it's easy to see why this album is part of this list. Best: Red Morning Light; Molly's Chambers Worst: Holly Roller Novocaine

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Wed Jun 07 2023
4

I really like the description "Southern Fried Strokes" one of the other reviews mentioned - that's spot on! 😆 Fave track - "Molly's Chambers" or "Holy Roller Novocaine"

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Thu Jun 08 2023
4

Not my fortè, but was still a good album. I can see why it is under “essential”. Gives me almost punk-folk vibes. Very jumpy, great guitar melodies and vocals to match up with it. My personal favorite from this album is “Dusty”. Great sequence.

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Wed Jun 14 2023
4

Iets meer rockabilly dan ik dacht dat ze waren. Goed album met een paar toffe riffs

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Sat Jun 17 2023
4

The “sheltered religious brothers and cousins who finally hear a rock album and form a band” narrative when this came out was an overly-referenced and cynical marketing ploy. But that doesn’t take away from what a great album this is. The next one is pretty good, too, but it’s a bummer that everything after is terrible. The “southern Strokes” or “punk-y Credence” labels were easy shorthand to describe them; at the time this was a really exciting and cool sound. There’s a jaggedness and also a jangle to these songs that are great, and that is missing on the blandly pleasing “arena rock anthem” albums they’d eventually make. I never think to play this album anymore. I’m glad this website led me back to it. 4.5

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Thu Jun 22 2023
4

They were a band that came to prominence at a time where I was busy with work and schooling and didn’t have time for new music. I like what I hear here so probably missed out on something I might have loved.

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Tue Jun 27 2023
4

“California Waiting”, “Red Morning Light”, “Trani”, “Talihina Sky” Heard Kings of Leons songs on the radio for 15 yrs, accepted I’ll never understand anything he sings without a lyric sheet It rocks and it rolls, I had a good enough time (though sometimes I got a craving for a Tom Petty song while listening) June 29, 2023

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Mon Jul 03 2023
4

As someone that’s only listened to the biggest hits of kings of leon, this album was more interesting from the perspective of being a blueprint for the magnum opus work later in the decade that they would come out with. Outside of that, this is an unapologetically early 2000s alternative rock album that has a couple of duds but is still a fine listen. Holy roller novocaine is probs my favorite.

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Mon Jul 03 2023
4

Not as bad as I was thinking that it might be. 3.5 bumped to 4 because I went in with a bad attitude towards the band and got humbled

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Tue Jul 04 2023
4

Way more enjoyable than their follow-up album, inexplicably on this list. An entertaining southern rock album full of energy and a bit of grit.

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Mon Jul 24 2023
4

A timely reminder that the Kings of Leon didn’t always suck.

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Thu Jul 27 2023
4

Definitely the best Kings of Leon album. Such a belter. Before they got really bad, this is such a nice fresh, simple sound.

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Thu Jul 27 2023
4

Such a great album! I wish they'd kept up with this feel more in later years. Just so much more fun! Upbeat and solid rock, but still airs of pop that would be accessible to a lot of people.

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Thu Aug 03 2023
4

J'ai trouvé ca super rafraîchissant même si c'est une recette plus à l'ancienne Je ne croyais pas que ce bande faisait ce style 5 4.90

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Mon Aug 14 2023
4

This is much better than the "Aha Shake Heartbreak" I received some months ago on the 1001 list. It's still not so remarkable, and it will be lost in the history of indie rock from the 2000s, but it's unfair to rate it with three stars when compared with the "Aha Shake Heartbreak." I'll rate it with 4 stars, but with some effort and considering the best songs, it's a 3.5 album.

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Mon Aug 21 2023
4

I almost couldn't bring myself to type the name of the album into Skype. Who named this? Anyway, better than I expected. Moved right along in a sprightly manner. The band is spot on. The singer is ... a bit much. 3.5 rounding up for energy.

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Sat Sep 02 2023
4

Who would have thought that a bunch of country boys that had been the backing band for their holy-rolling Dad's revival tent tours, would one day break out and make a dixie punk band!? Their sound has matured and evolved over the years, but what an exciting debut this must've been for them.

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Sat Sep 02 2023
4

Garage rock. Me ha gustado. Un 4.

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Mon Sep 04 2023
4

One of my favorites back in the day

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Mon Sep 18 2023
4

great job then, almost last good

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Thu Sep 21 2023
4

Overall decent album but absolutely loved Red Morning Light. First song I’ve downloaded so far! Insanely good intro to the album but nothing really matched it subsequently.

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Wed Sep 27 2023
4

Definitely not bad. Most surprising find so far

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Thu Sep 28 2023
4

Great first album. Shame they went down hill quickly from here and just became a commercial band focussed on money making

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Thu Sep 28 2023
4

Ok, nothing added to the playlist

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Fri Sep 29 2023
4

Not what I expected by a long shot. It's a cool mix of like Velvet Underground, Oasis, The Ramones, and even some AC/DC. Really dig it.

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Sat Oct 07 2023
4

Thoroughly enjoyable album from the early years of this brother-band.

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Sat Oct 07 2023
4

Overall, I liked this collection of very catchy upbeat southern rock tunes. There are one or two less compelling songs, though, and the vocals are getting a little too screamy in some places.

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Sat Oct 07 2023
4

Liked this band a lot around 2004-05 but after that the vocals quickly became very irritating. Vocals are not great on Youth And Young Manhood either, and after the previous 1001 album (NYD debut), the album sounds rather boring. But overall this is still a very solid southern rock album of course. score in 2004: 9/10 score in 2023: 7/10.

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Mon Oct 16 2023
4

I expected this to sound much more like their later hit album that put them on the commercial map. This rocked harder and with more of a southern edge to it (although some of it did remind me a bit of the Strokes). Liked it enough to download.

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Mon Oct 16 2023
4

I need to listen to this again but for now it gets a light 4 mostly based on how strange it was. Not at all what I expected. Pretty cool though.

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Mon Oct 16 2023
4

Pretty solid album for its time. They were better before they went commercial

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Mon Oct 16 2023
4

A lot different than I expected. Greta debut. Reminded me of Dylan folk.

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Thu Oct 19 2023
4

I enjoyed it way more than I thought it would!

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Thu Oct 19 2023
4

Hard one to rate. On one hand it was a simple and normal rock with a lot of country influence, but on the other hand it's quite an achievement from a bunch of teenagers. Couple nice solos, good flow of the album, perfect summer record. Well, let it be 4 stars, why not.

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Fri Oct 20 2023
4

Wow this album was a real surprise treat. This is not the Kings of Leon I know! The “Use Somebody” / “Sex is on Fire” overplayed and overhyped pop rock band has its origins in some really jammy 70s-rock-esque tracks that I really enjoyed. I would absolutely put this album into my rotation, and I particularly loved “Holy Roller Novocaine,” which I do feel like I’ve heard before but it was great to re-experience here. I’m sad this band on this album did not end up becoming the Kings of Leon that exists today, because this shit rocked.

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Sun Oct 29 2023
4

It stands up pretty well, but Im sure he's putting that accent on!

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Thu Nov 02 2023
4

I had never listened to Kings of Leon before, and they were very different than I was expecting. But this album is great - I really enjoyed it.

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Mon Nov 06 2023
4

If I wanted to listen to Absolute Radio I just would: jokes aside this wasn't that bad. I have to say the vocals do start getting slightly jarring towards the tail end on the album but it felt just like a solid all-round album. The songs sounded familiar and they just kinda banged. Yk what I have to say I weirdly enjoyed it.

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Tue Nov 07 2023
4

Liked this, had only heard a few kings of Leon songs before this. Good stuff

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Wed Nov 08 2023
4

Young rock from the 2000s. Nice and energetic. Not perfect but pretty cool.

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Mon Nov 13 2023
4

Full of energy, probably from amphetamines, this a genuinely great debut. Some of the lyrics are a bit dated these days. The music has a redneck jangle that is irresistible in the right setting.

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Thu Nov 16 2023
4

Actually way better than I expected, not a fan of their later stuff as much, but this rocks!

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Thu Dec 14 2023
4

Don’t think it was Wasted Time listening to this album in the Red Morning Light. I liked it, but not as Genius as some of their other albums.

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Fri Dec 15 2023
4

Super fun! Definitely good ol' indie rock with a Southern influence. I liked the energy and song writing. Definitely want to revisit more of Kings of Leon.

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Sun Dec 17 2023
4

Garage rock. Me ha gustado. Un 4.

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Sun Dec 24 2023
4

What an incredibly surprisingly album, really it's average rock with an odd singer but infectious energy pushes this up. If I wasn't in the mood this would be a low 3. When in the mood songs like "Joe's Head" really hit for me. 4

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Sun Dec 31 2023
4

8/10 versatile and interesting

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Wed Jan 03 2024
4

I wasn’t really sure where this band came from when they had gotten as big as they did - but I always enjoyed listening to them as I did this album. Solid rock and roll that leans on the band’s southern rock roots. Will listen again.

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Wed Jan 03 2024
4

Sort of Southern rock's equivalent of The Strokes. The aesthetic is loose but the overall effect is actually quite tight and polished. Spawned quite a lot of pale imitations but this is a very good, consistent record.

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Fri Jan 05 2024
4

I hadn’t heard of KoL until sex on fire. Very interesting to hear their early work which sounds a bit less refined but more rockier. I really liked it.

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