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Only By The Night

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Sex on Fire
Use Somebody
I Want You
Be Somebody
Cold Desert
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Total Tracks: 11   Total Length: 42:38

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Maris Kreizman

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As filthy as ever, and that's the way their fans like it
2008 | Label: RCA Records Label

Once upon a time, Kings of Leon were "big in the UK," a moniker applied to American rock bands that may also be considered "scrappy" or "under the radar" or "only relevant to NME subscribers." Comprised of three shaggy-haired brothers (and one first cousin), the Kings of Leon of the early aughts seemed down-to-earth and delightfully dirty and even a bit insecure (see 2005's Aha Shake Heartbreak for laments about balding and impotence). The band… read more »

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awesome awesome awesome


Ive only just recently started to listen to these guys and let me say as man of extreme metal I cant get enough of Kings of Leon. I really love there music even the underground U.K. stuff. This album is a change of pace for the punk and funk of the earlier works. Please get more of these fabulous guys and let them rock this sight. Kings of Leon if you read this jam on guys and keep reaching for the stars cause your music is already intergalactic.

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nothing to see here


move along, but early stuff such as Youth and Young Manhood are worth downloading

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Where Have You Been?


If you aren't aware of and heard this music someone needs to check your papers. This is one of the biggest cds of the last two years and earns every bit of the hype it received. Just put it on and let it play.

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Um...12 credits for 11 songs? Hello? I'm sure emusic will refund if you ask.

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its annoying but...


"Album only" songs are really annoying, but with this album, trust me, it's worth getting the whole album. if not, 6 & 9 are my favorites.

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Great album, it's about time eMusic got this!

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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 »

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With 2007′s Because of the Times, Kings of Leon ventured out of the garage and into the arena. Tracks like “Black Thumbnail” and “Camaro” were bold, anthemic rock songs that built upon the barnyard stomp of Youth & Young Manhood, and Because of the Times topped the U.K. charts upon its debut, officially crowning the Kings as rock & roll royalty in the process. Only by the Night arrived one year later, marking the band’s fastest turnaround between albums; it also furthered the epic sound that Times introduced, flaunting a set of ringing guitars and radio-ready melodies that pushed the band away from the Allman Brothers’ camp. If anything, much of the album took up residence in U2′s cathedral, particularly during the one-two-three punch of “Sex on Fire,” “Use Somebody,” and “Manhattan.” Appropriately, Only by the Night became a U2-sized smash on both sides of the Atlantic, selling some six million copies worldwide while firmly pushing the band into the mainstream.
Like many big-sounding albums, Only by the Night is a polarizing piece of work, one that targets new fans at the expense of those who wish Kings of Leon had never shaved their beards or discovered post-’70s rock. To rope in the skeptics, the strongest tracks are pushed toward the album’s first half. “Crawl” flexes the band’s rock & roll muscle, melding Led Zeppelin-styled crunch with the experimental guitar buzz of U2′s Achtung Baby, while “Sex on Fire” makes up for its goofy title with a meteoric chorus tailored to Caleb’s voice. (He sounds fantastic throughout the record, even if his vocals continue to be garbled by some untraceable accent, as if he’s auditioning for the Jodie Foster role in a Broadway adaptation of Nell.) Rounding out the hit-filled segment are “Use Somebody” and “Manhattan,” where Matthew Followill cloaks his guitar riffs in reverb and bassist Jared Followill takes the spotlight sporadically, popping up for quick melodic fills before ducking back into the mix. While past Kings of Leon albums concerned themselves with alcohol, women, and other hedonistic themes, those two songs are nothing but pop/rock grandeur, and Caleb howls their hopeful lyrics like Bono’s American-born cousin. Only by the Night focuses on textures and experimentation during the album’s latter half, but most songs still deliver some sort of Technicolor melody, from “Notion” (one of the only tracks featuring piano) to the unexpected chorus of “Be Somebody.” Taken as a whole, Only by the Night targets the audience that approved Kings of Leon’s sonic shift in 2007, leaving older fans free to damn these tracks for their consciously grand approach. Yes, the album is often cheesy. Yes, some of the more popular songs lost their luster after endless months of radioplay. But Only by the Night remains a potent Kings of Leon record, and the guys have never defined their ambition so clearly. – Andrew Leahey

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