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Kings of Leon - Only By The Night

Kings of Leon, Only By The Night

Review by Hedley Jackson

IndieLondon Rating: 5 out of 5

STRANDED in this spooky town” are the opening lyrics of an album that throws the rulebook to the wind and defines itself as a fantastically constructed piece of art. Industrial sounds swerve between twisted rhythms and overdriven guitars in complex and moving songs with an endless stream of purely emotive lyrics.

Kings Of Leon are rapidly defining themselves as one of the biggest rock bands of this generation. As bands continue to reappear out of the woodwork long after their heyday has expired, Kings Of Leon just keep on growing.

Sex On Fire, the first single to be released from the album, builds majestically with a simple riff before exploding into an awe-inspiring chorus filled with character and feeling.

This is quickly followed by Use Somebody; a graceful story of loneliness and love demonstrating the band’s versatility and ability to make more than just rock songs.

Kings of Leon seem to grow in strength with every album, in terms of musical ability and song writing. Only By The Night perhaps lacks the edge found in Because Of The Times, their last album, and the aggression of Youth and Young Manhood, their first, but as a whole this latest venture ticks all the right boxes.

Only By The Night is a collection of songs that ooze with passion and form an enormous, yet at times laidback, sound. The production quality is evident as two guitars, a bass and a set of drums are merged to form an immense sound.

The individual skill of each member of the band is outstanding with Caleb’s vocals and Nathan’s drumming a particular joy to behold.

This album will draw you in and lift you up with thundering bass lines and churning drums channelling so much energy that you’ll just want to hit repeat and enjoy the ride. But perhaps it’s best enjoyed driving through Tennessee in a Camaro with a bottle of Jack and a cigarette.

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Track Listing:

  1. Closer
  2. Crawl
  3. Sex On Fire
  4. Use Somebody
  5. Manhattan
  6. Revelry
  7. 17
  8. Notion
  9. I Want You
  10. Be Somebody
  11. Cold Desert

  1. Great review, great album, Kings of Leon rock…

    Lucy    Oct 21    #