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Aha Shake Heartbreak

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Slow Night, So Long
King Of The Rodeo
Taper Jean Girl
Pistol Of Fire
The Bucket
Day Old Blues
Four Kicks
Velvet Snow
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Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 35:04

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An energetic, fun, and tight blend of hipster pop and Southern rock
2005 | Label: RCA Records Label

Tight, silly and full of energy, Aha Shake Heartbreak is a thrilling rock record, an album not about art, artifice or bold intent, but an album about now. It's a concise record — like the Strokes, with whom they were so often compared, there are few guitar solos, fewer reprises and no fat. It's a guitar-rock album, pure and simple, and it's one of the finest in recent memory.

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Southern Rock?


Onlything south about them on this album is that they from the South. they are a southern rock band and not really fair to them. this is not one of their better albums

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Nothing but "Four Kicks"


That's a cool song. The rest kinda gets on my nerves.

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I search "Muse" and Leon came up. Really? Someone here also compared them to The Rolling Stones? REALLY?!? Very Strokey. Muse is great, Stones are legends, Leon is OK.

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Good songs by the Kings


After many long listenings, I can reveal the best songs on this album: the first four, followed by Soft and Razz, and the last two -- Velvet Snow and Rememo. That's a pretty good record. These guys sound a little like Rolling Stones -- yeah, I said it -- and the standard mumble-rock of the last twenty years. My favorite is Soft, probably the best rock song ever about impotence.

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Not what like.


Seems a little thin. Vocals are whining. Band's sound is interesting & probably enjoy these guys more in person than on album.

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The Bucket Makes the Whole CD


Not their best, but an excellent effort from the Followills. See them in concert of you can, a musically superior group.

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Wonderful Album


I love these guys! Some of the best new music out there.

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This one was near perfect


This is a fun rock and roll album made by a few dudes who still didn't know any better. Just the right mix of sucess and stupidity.

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Look 'em Up


If you've just gotten into KOL via the amazing Use Somebody, then I recommend you get all three albums that came previously, especially Aha Shake Heartbreak.

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It takes time...


to get into this album if you are unaware of KOL's music. Caleb Followill's vocals are a bit like early Michael Stipe. But if you give it a chance you will find the collection of songs catchy and in your head. Then play cd nonstop, which I did once I got into it. Because of the Times and Only By the Night showed these guys were ready for arena stardom. But this is the true KOL album. I recommend.

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Six Degrees of Kings of Leon’s Aha Shake Heartbreak

By Yancey Strickler, Contributor

It used to be easier to pretend that an album was its own perfectly self-contained artifact. The great records certainly feel that way. But albums are more permeable than solid, their motivations, executions and inspirations informed by, and often stolen from, their peers and forbearers. It all sounds awfully formal, but it's not. It's the very nature of music — of art, even. The Six Degrees features examine the relationships between classic records and five… more »

They Say All Music Guide

The mysterious Followill family returns to the front porch/garage on the Kings of Leon’s engaging sophomore effort, Aha Shake Heartbreak. On Youth & Young Manhood, the Kings gave Southern rock a swift kick in the rear, sounding like Lynyrd Skynyrd posing as a bunch of N.Y.U. film students (or vice versa). For their latest, the Nashville quartet raises a flag that’s equal parts Confederate and Union Jack. Their success in the U.K. is understandable, as Caleb Followill’s lazy drawl sounds like a cross between Bon Scott, Ray Davies, and Eddie Money with a slight Jamaican accent, but it’s their seamless and agreeable blend of rock & roll, country, and Roky Erickson-style psychedelia, matched with a keen lyrical wit, that makes them fascinating to both sides of the pond. On the twenty-something barfly opener “Slow Night, So Long,” Caleb laments/celebrates the soulless dance of the one-night stand (“She’s opened up just like she really knows me/I hate her face, but enjoy the company”) like a true student of outlaw country. It’s a theme that runs rampant throughout Heartbreak, and whether it’s set against a swamp-sick boogie (“Pistol of Fire”) or emitted through a lonesome yodel (“Day Old Blues”), it resonates as clear and cool as the opening notes of a Creedence Clearwater Revival tune. – James Christopher Monger

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