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Only By The Night

Kings of Leon

2008

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Only By The Night
Album Summary

Only by the Night is the fourth studio album by American rock band Kings of Leon, released in September 2008 through RCA Records. Writing for the band's fourth album commenced just days after the release of their third, Because of the Times. The album was recorded by producers Jacquire King and Angelo Petraglia in April 2008 at Nashville's Blackbird Studio. Only by the Night experienced commercial success, peaking inside the top 10 of over 10 countries. The album was certified the best-selling album in Australia, certified nine times platinum. It also went on to be the highest selling album of 2008 in Australia, the third best selling album of 2008 in the UK, winning two Brit Awards, and the 18th best-selling album of the 2000s in the UK. The album was nominated for Best Rock Album at the 2009 Grammy Awards, with the song "Sex on Fire" receiving two nominations itself. Worldwide sales of the album exceed 6.2 million copies, according to a press release by the band.

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Sat Aug 12 2023
2

This album is really heavy soft rock. Perfect for the dentist office. None of the songs have definition and all sort of just bleed into each other. Honestly this sounded like one song with breaks throughout to me. It's not really bad or anything. Just nothing ear cathing.

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Mon Sep 04 2023
5

Yoo this is on here? Instant 5 "Use Somebody" has such a special place in my heart.

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Mon Aug 28 2023
2

When it came out I would have given it 1 I hated it so much. Now that time has passed where I'm not forced to listen to it I can concede that at least the songwriting is quite good. It came at the end of and to me represents a full stop to the mid 00's era of bland mainstream indie bands. Now leave me alone and don't make me listen to it again. 2+/5

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Thu Oct 12 2023
2

Went into this with no expectations. Emerged with no opinions. The Lynyrd Skynyrd Coldplay variant? About as much effort as I can muster

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Thu Oct 12 2023
2

This transports me back to the embrace of the passenger seat in my friend D’s old BMW, his decisive right foot, and the enveloping thump of his speakers drowning out the desperate sounds from the car’s trunk as we cut through the North Circular. Salad days, I can still smell the arterial smog. Returning to this record and its forgettable title, I realise this period was marked by rock bands being integrated by producers into a glossy, trip hop-style synthetic aesthetic that favoured few. The famous, silly fiery sex song, the immediately succeeding Use Somebody and a handful of sections aside, this record does not move me - the tunes are not strong enough to hold up the poppy production, which mutes the pleasures the band's rock might otherwise have brought. Had I the time and inclination to listen to music I don't like, I could plot a line from NIN to KoL. I have not heard a record that happily sits in the midpoint of glorious synth and hairy rock. The drums are upfront and fall like a big dead fish thrown onto a slab. Guitar feedback can sound savage or, more rarely, haunting, even bittersweet; here it’s a precision-engineered component inserted with the badge “here’s rock”. A rock song sung by a man that begins with "Oh, she's only seventeen" needs to follow up with deft writing to avoid sounding creepy, which doesn't happen here. Perhaps I just miss that old BMW's sound-system, now distant.

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Fri Aug 18 2023
5

Love, love, love this album! Brought back childhood memories ❤️

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Fri Aug 18 2023
5

One of the last if not the last big crossover rock album hit. Famous singles, widely accessible compared ti previous works, strong production. This nailed it with this one.

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Thu Aug 31 2023
5

Rock's last classic. A masterpiece

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Wed Dec 13 2023
5

This is a great album by a talented group. I enjoy pretty much all of Kings of Leon music.

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Mon Mar 25 2024
5

A classic of the early-2000s indie scene

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Wed Mar 27 2024
2

In one ear and straight out the other, yawn.

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Sun Mar 31 2024
2

The opening track, Closer, is very good. I honestly hate Sex on Fire. It just gives me the impression of a bad STD. Blech. The other single I knew, Use Somebody, was ok. Fun to sing along with. 17 fell flat - can grown men stop singing about teenage girls? The rest of the album was bland, generic and sounded a lot of the same. If only the album had remained as strong as its opening. This is a 2 for me.

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Sun Mar 31 2024
2

The first two songs weren't bad and I thought this would be a big step up from Aha Shake Heartbreak (what a terrible album name), but then it hit the two awful singles and it never really recovered.

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Sun May 05 2024
1

I can’t decide which of these reviews to publish, so I’m leaving it up to you, faithful reader, to decide which of these you think is the most fitting. Consider it a “Choose Your Own Adventure” style review: A.) Alt-Rock for people who find My Morning Jacket “too aggressive”. B.) Move over Fleetwood Mac, the middle of the road has a new King. C.)_STOP_CALLING_MAJOR_LABEL_BANDS_INDIE_ROCK_

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Tue Aug 22 2023
5

Ooft. Those opening few bars of Closer transported me right back to high school. Kings Of Leon really blew up in the late 00s and epitomised the alt-rock sound of that era. With four songs from this album making Triple J's Hottest 100 for the year including "Closer" which didn't even get an official single release goes to show the pull of the Kings at this point in time. Best: Crawl; Sex On Fire; Use Somebody Worst: I Want You

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Thu Aug 24 2023
5

I really like this album. Good indie rock and some very catchy songs. 5/5

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Tue Oct 10 2023
5

Actually a great album front to back

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Fri Nov 10 2023
5

My personal guilty pleasure.

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Wed Dec 06 2023
5

Great songs one after another. 4-5 stars but I’ll round.

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Fri Dec 08 2023
5

This album was everywhere. It had loads of singles. I had heard it before but never a proper listen outside of the singles. It's one of the albums that is just good and will age well (Hot Fuss, Jagged little pill, etc.). Stand out tracks - Closer - Crawl - Sex on Fire - Use Somebody - Revelry - Be Somebody - Notion

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Fri Dec 22 2023
5

My first “who are these guys?!” and a core music memory. Leans a bit Arena Rock but probably their peak.

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Fri Jan 05 2024
5

I used to listen to this album on repeat when it came out. Holds up well.

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Wed Jan 10 2024
5

Heel strakke plaat! Top immers en perfect afgemixt

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Thu Jan 25 2024
5

Love a good flash back to my latest teens/early 20s. This album fully resonates with what was going on my life. Kings of Leon were just beyond good, so genius. This album is there most popular, but all their albums before this one belong on this list, no question!

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Wed Jan 31 2024
5

I know. I'm surprised, too. I thought this album was only "Sex on Fire" but, it turns out, it's absolutely full of jams. The opening track, "Closer" is such a vibe and the album just... keeps slapping all the way through "Cold Desert". I tried to find a reason to dock it a star but even the fact that "Sex on Fire" is SO overplayed couldn't kill the album.

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Mon Feb 05 2024
5

Incredible! One of the best! First half of the album is much better than the second one, but this album definitely needs to be in the list

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Thu Feb 08 2024
5

God I fucking LOVE this album. Restored my faith in rock when it was released, after a few years in the swirly whirly jazz world. Hearing Use Somebody one night blew me away, and reminded me of Joshua Tree-era U2 without all the pompous grandiosity affiliated with Bono and Co. And this glorious album does not sound dated at all. A masterpiece.

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Thu Feb 22 2024
5

My favourite album when I was 15. Know every song. Best song is Manhattan or Be Somebody.

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Fri Feb 23 2024
5

Crear un ambiente muy envolvente. Siento que tendría que haber conocido este disco mucho antes. El cantante usa un quiebre vocal muy bien hecho y lo hace propio de su estilo. Es como si estuviera por desafinar en cada momento, pero lo sabe utilizar muy bien. Album super recomendado!!!

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Mon Mar 04 2024
5

Oh man this album is great. Closer just grabs you straight away and by the time Manhattan kicks in you wonder do I like this particular song or am I having a dopamine rush. Certainly after my second listen I was keen to listen again. Faves from today are Crawl, Sex on Fire, Use Somebody, and Notion but there's plenty more in second place. That's 2 out of 2 5-Star records from KoL for me!

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Wed Mar 06 2024
5

Ça me désole mais je suis obligé de mettre 5

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Sat Mar 09 2024
5

I didn't want to leave this challenge. It brought back wonderful memories of living in Nashville & the excitement there was knowing this was a local band making it big. There was so much buzz in the air & a bunch of us knew or had seen Kings of Leon play before this album. Electric times. Musically, this is fantastic rock album. If someone were to ask me what the 2000s sounded like, I'd play this. Sex on Fire immediately followed by Use Somebody is a strike to the senses. Love this album & will revist it often. 4.5 stars

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Wed Mar 13 2024
5

Loved this album when it came out, and it still holds up for me today. Strong indie rock from start to finish. No dips. Another surprise 5 for me.

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Thu Mar 28 2024
5

I forgot how much I enjoyed this album.

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Fri Apr 05 2024
5

Only by the Night - Kings of Leon This is one of the best rock albums of 2008. So many hits off of this album, but some of the deep cuts are even better. I hope their onstage and offstage antics have gotten better. We don't need "The American Oasis" band. I think my favorite song on this album is "Manhattan." Caleb Followil has such an aching in his voice as he sings, "I said who are you? Don't matter who you are. So we dance all night and dance all day. I say." and this minimalistic guitar comes in and it's the most beautiful transition and melody. So much emotion in this song, from the vocals to the melodic guitar. This album was right before their fame took off and they got distracted. It's a tight rock album that exudes sex and shows just how good this band is. 5/5

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Wed May 22 2024
5

I have to say I sighed when I got another Kings of Leon album. But boy was I wrong. I loved it, and I loved the music the infinity playlist offered up afterwards.

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Sun Aug 13 2023
4

Liked it, especially their hit "Sex on Fire".

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Tue Aug 15 2023
4

The album tracks for the most part were as good as the smash hits. Enjoyable listen.

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Tue Aug 15 2023
4

It's easy to mock Kings of Leon and the whole mid 2000s era of Alt Rock, but I do have to admit this is actually a pretty decent album. The hitters, while overplayed, still hit and some of the deep cuts are better than they get credit for as a band.

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Tue Aug 15 2023
4

(On first song) These vocals kinda good though? Wait I thought this had the quality of the top song but it ain’t? This album might actually be good. I now know why it wasn’t the top song. Turns out Sex On Fire, despite the name, is a very well known song. Still good though. Yeah this is at least 4 stars. Multiple so close to being bangers. Man just one banger and it would’ve been a 4.5. Oh well, 4 stars. Also man the first song wouldv’e been so much better if the backing track didn’t last the entire song. Its distracting at best.

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Fri Aug 18 2023
4

I think three of the first four Kings of Leon albums were all on this list and have subsequently been removed. Funny enough it's their one before this (#3 - Because of the Times) that is my favorite. Still, this is probably my second favorite and where I first discovered the band. I remember when Sex on Fire was all over the radio and I was not interested at first. And then I really listened to it and I loved it. Still do; it never gets old for me. Some of the other songs have got old/tired - Use Somebody is one I now radio surf when I hear it and 17 was always a bit of a reach. But I still love how they open and close the album with Closer and Cold Desert (both eerie and awesomely haunting). And Notion still rocks every time while I Want You is one of those great cheeky songs with an off-kilter beat they seem to have on every album. It's not a perfect album but it's a solid piece of rock during an era where rock was dying (and has continued to die). These guys were a breath of fresh air and this album was massive. I don't think I can bump it up to a 5 because they had already started to blaze a trail in the early 2000's with their first two albums, it's just that North America wasn't paying much attention (England was). But in 20 years when we look back and ask what did we define as rock after 2000-2002 and where did rock go by 2020, this is one of those albums (and bands) where we can say, ah there it is. I'm saving my 5 for album #2 (Aha Shake Heartbreak) where they first really figured out their great sound and were still pretty new.

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Fri Aug 18 2023
4

I knew two songs on the album, which was 2 more than I was expecting. Even without the 2 tracks, I dug the album. It was pretty good. Both "Closer" & "Crawl" worked as opening tracks. They gave you a pretty good idea of what you were in for for the entire album. Then you have the one-two punch of "Sex On Fire" and "Use Somebody". Both pretty good songs, but having them right after each other, thae makes a pretty solid block of music right there. The singer is... limited, let's put it that way. He seems to be yelling more than singing, but at least he's in key. I didn't detect autotune, so that's a start. There wasn't a song on there that I would throw out, but because of the singer's limited range, some of them did start to sound the same. (Although "17" was a little creepy.) So if someone asked me where to start with the band, I would probably say this album would be your best bet. It has two of their biggest songs on it, so it should give you an idea of their sound.

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Fri Aug 18 2023
4

KoL is an under-rated band in my opinion. Especially with this album, they forged a pretty unique sound that is somehow fun and sad and rocky and poetic all at the same time. And they're consistent - a few tracks off this were "hits" but they all sound equally great.

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Fri Aug 18 2023
4

Now finally a Kings of Leon album that deserves to be on there because it's actually good music!

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Mon Aug 21 2023
4

Vocals reminded me of the lead singer of Highly Suspect and Kaleo. Like the synths and instrumentals sounds almost experimental with traditional electric guitar mixed in. After finishing I recognized a lot of the songs featured, but never knew the band.

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Wed Aug 23 2023
4

It's that slow vocals vibe lounge singing vibe. Definitely makes you feel like you're sitting in the rain with flowers in your hand watching your high-school sweetheart kissing the quarterback of the football team vibes.

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Wed Aug 23 2023
4

Multiple listens confirm the strengths of this effort and the band itself – fully committed vocals in a relatable classic rock vein, slightly melancholic undertones to even the wildest songs ("Sex On Fire" sounds is sung like the singer is in fact frightened by the fiery-ness being described). It all works well, if there are only a few tracks that truly jump out to distinguish themselves. Still, seems like this was a real rock and roll band at a time when the market needed one. Indeed, one is pleased that they achieved considerable commercial success, and would even go so far as to say they deserved it.

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Sun Aug 27 2023
4

An album that was everywhere for a while, and rightly so, as it is great! Falls just short of a fifth star, partly cos it is a bit samey, partly cos I prefer their rawer earlier stuff.

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Tue Aug 29 2023
4

This album defined early 2000s rock Sex On Fire and Use Somebody are bangers. Let's forget about 17 tho...

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Tue Sep 05 2023
4

Heard before: 'Sex on Fire', 'Use Somebody'. First track in. This is better than I expected from the (alright) singles I knew. Second track in. Both excellent! Favourite songs: 'Closer', 'Crawl', 'Revelry', 'I Want You'. 8/10.

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Wed Sep 06 2023
4

Ah it's a tough one as it was such a big album back at sixth form. Real nostalgia for that period of time and I did bloody love it. I haven't listened to these songs is years and I don't know how to feel about it! Now knowing where Kings of Leon came from, they changed their style a lot and made it much more pop and ballad. I don't respect Biffy Clyro or Coldplay for doing the same thing. I can't deny though I did enjoy the relisten and some of these hold up. Manhattan for example! Sex on Fire and Use Somebody don't ... Agh. 4 stars for nostalgia impact. Don't tell Luke (who kept crying to turn it off when I played this)

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Thu Sep 07 2023
4

Un super album rock assez reent pleinde jits . Un bonne ecoute que je n’aurais jama8s fait fait sans cette liste. 4.85

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Wed Sep 13 2023
4

I feel like a big ol hypocrite writing this. Yesterday I lamented that the trappings of 2000s of mainstream rock held back a Bruce Springsteen album. The difference with Kings of Leon’s Only By the Night is that, uh, they’re a 2000s band so they get away with it? But also this is the best I’ve ever heard them, right down to the assorted bells (“17”), background choirs, *compression* & millennial whoops (“Use Somebody”). I wouldn’t say the rough edges of Youth & Young Manhood needed to be sanded over, but it works. It just works here. HL: “Sex on Fire”, “Revelry”, “Closer”, “Notion” September 12, 2023

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Wed Sep 13 2023
4

Possibly a 3.5 but did start to grow on me a bit

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Wed Sep 20 2023
4

Great album some full songs favorites were revelry, notion I want you, and be somebody.

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Thu Sep 21 2023
4

I always preferred Aha Shake but I can see why people love this. Crawl will always be a fave!

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Fri Sep 22 2023
4

I liked the album! I had heard some hits before but not the whole album. I could listen to this again so it’s 4 stars.

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Sat Sep 23 2023
4

Has it all. Love this album!

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Sat Sep 23 2023
4

This album is great. As close to a 5 as it can get.

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Tue Sep 26 2023
4

I adore this album, but it's definitely picked up the 4th star based off of nostalgia

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Wed Sep 27 2023
4

Even though I’m sick and tired of hearing Sex on Fire on the radio all the time, the rest of the album is pretty good!

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Sun Oct 01 2023
4

Rating: 8/10 Best songs: Crawl, Use somebody, Sex on fire, Notion

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Mon Oct 02 2023
4

Nostalgia heavy for me. A couple of duds (wtf 17?) but overall a decent rock record. Closer will always be a standout.

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Tue Oct 03 2023
4

Wish the instrumental were more forward in the sound

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Mon Oct 09 2023
4

More enjoyable than expected tails off in end

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Mon Oct 09 2023
4

AJ: had forgotten I’d heard this album a decent amount when it came out. Pleasantly surprised to remember a lot o the songs. I think they’re great on this. Every instrument sounds so strong, but also shiny. Jangly pop rocks. I like it a lot.

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Mon Oct 09 2023
4

Better than I thought. Solid album, especially the first half.

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Fri Oct 13 2023
4

Just an awesome album. Lots of soul and a solid rock/blues backbone.

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Fri Oct 13 2023
4

7/10. Feels like a well-tuned alt-rock album. The hit single "Sex on Fire" almost feels out of place compared to the early tracks.

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Mon Oct 23 2023
4

Honestly this album had some absolute bangers. Overall this is a really nice album, I really liked the soft rock elements plus this album has a lot of teenage memories for me. Stand out tracks: Closer, Sex on Fire, Use Somebody

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Thu Nov 02 2023
4

Not a bad album. I definitely prefer the sound of this era than most others. The vocals leave much to be desired, as it sounds just like any other band out there. My favorite song was 17. Definitely a great representation of the "alternative rock" scene of the mid 2000s.

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Thu Nov 02 2023
4

makes me feel things (mostly positive)

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Mon Nov 06 2023
4

Expected Kings of Leon but not this album. However, on listening again it’s actually very good, great two opening and two closing tracks, good in the middle.

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Tue Nov 14 2023
4

A rock band forgotton by time, I wonder what they're up to these days? Kings of Leon had a couple big hits out of nowhere, both of which are here: Use Somebody and Sex on Fire. I didn't hear of them before or after that. But you know what, the album is pretty great. They've got a nice rock-soul thing going on, and they just did their thing well. I'm glad to have listened to this because I would now say they are a little underrated. Favorite tracks: Use Somebody, Sex on Fire, Closer, Revelry, Notion. Album art: Rorschach-style art, that I really can't interpret. Always seemed like birds or wings at first glance, but I can't be sure. But it's cool, I like the font they used at the top. 4/5

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Tue Nov 14 2023
4

Great album for this list. A sort of lightning in a bottle type of album. I really enjoyed this one back when I was in high school and college. Sex On Fire and Use Somebody have become classics at this point and there are a few others on here I enjoyed like Revelry and Manhattan. Was cool to read their story on the Apple music explanation too. Glad this one made it to the list if only that it isn't the same as everything else we have been getting.

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Wed Nov 29 2023
4

Continuing to evolve from their garage rock beginnings, Kings of Leon incorporates electric effects much like electro-pop and mainstream rock contemporaries, such as Muse. I'm hearing noisy distortion from post-grunge, as well as the anthemic song structures, choruses, and guitar solos of 80s arena rock, as well as tinges of funk and country in certain tracks. At the same time, they retain the minimalist punk style of drumming and repetitive riff patterns. It's a well-produced diverse blend of genres fitting of a modern mainstream rock record. Even the deep cuts have catchy melodies and stick around in your head. I have to give them a lot of credit in a time where rock was heading in different directions. Between the quality, ingenuity, and accessibility, it stands as one of the defining "classic rock" albums of the 21st century.

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Mon Dec 04 2023
4

I liked it much more than I expected, maybe because "Sex on Fire" was huge on my corner during my teenage years, but we never know. Perhaps I like Kings of Leon.

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Sun Dec 10 2023
4

I'd only heard the big hit but playing the rest of the album I really like the vibe. I really like Caleb's voice- so gritty. The music is pretty standard post 2000 stuff but really good rock nevertheless

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Fri Dec 15 2023
4

Solid album start to finish.

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Sun Dec 24 2023
4

Forgot how good this album is

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Mon Dec 25 2023
4

Echt héél veel gedraaid toen ie net uit was. Heel catchy en misschien wel iets te gelikt t.o.v. eerdere platen. Maar nog altijd een heel fijn plaatje.

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