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Posted by: Dave on April 12, 2007 at 9:15 am

KingsofLeonBecauseSound: The snappy hooks, danceable basslines and primitive rock and roll stomp of their first two albums are a thing of the past. On Because of the Times, Kings of Leon spread out with longer and less immediate songs that can be anything from lazy and dreamy to scuzzy and howling to gentle and sweet. Their Southern fire and drawl are still present, but are often refined into more sophisticated, complicated and elegant sounds.
Heavy Rotation tracks: “Ragoo”; “The Runner”; “True Love Way”
Medium Rotation tracks: “Fans”; “My Party”; “Charmer”; “Black Thumbnail”
Recommended: There’s no doubt that Because of the Times is an intentional curveball from Kings of Leon to prove to themselves and others that they can make music outside of their comfort zone. At first listen, this more challenging direction felt like a contrived mistake. And it doesn’t help that the second half of the album is stronger and more memorable than the first. After a few listens, though, the beauty of their ambition starts to reveal itself. No, this is not the amazing quick fix of their debut Youth and Young Manhood (my #3 album of 2003). But it’s definitely an improvement on 2005’s Aha Shake Heartbreak.
Grade: B+

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