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On their third album, Kings of Leon's ambitions grow as large as the arenas they were beginning to fill. The seven-minute opening track, "Knocked Up," sets the template, welding quotidian lyrics and a rock-solid beat to echoing guitar straight out of the Edge's playbook. (The storming "McFearless" takes the influence even farther.) "Charmer" pulls screamed vocals and a prominent bassline from the Pixies' bag of tricks, while "Ragoo" adds a touch of ska to the mix.
Inevitably, not every experiment pays off, and the album's sprawl can leave an impersonal aftertaste: the band sounds as if they've outgrown the intimacy of Youth & Young Manhood. But the best songs on "Because of the Times" balance musical adventure with the meat-and-potatoes appeal of deep grooves and shout-along choruses.