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Aha Shake Heartbreak

30 Oct. 2004 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Nov. 2004
  • Release Date: 30 Oct. 2004
  • Label: RCA Records Label
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  • Total Length: 37:26
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  • ASIN: B001I8C9E8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,455 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Simon Ward on 18 Feb. 2005
Format: Audio CD
Yodelling, calypso, jazz and songs about impotence... You would never believe they could make it sound this good... It seems easy to forget now but there was once a time - sometime before the musical atrocity that is Jet - when the concept of a group of long haired skinny white boys, dressed with thrift-store chic and recycling 70's riffs seemed like genuinely the most exciting thing since... well, since it happened the last time.
And then came along The Strokes, swiftly followed by The White Stripes, The Vines, The Hives, BRMC... We got so carried away that even The Datsuns were hailed as the new, "saviours of rock'n'roll" for a day or two. Relative latecomers to the scene, Kings of Leon seemed to be just another band who rolled off the production line with clothes, hair, and a background story just a little too good to be for real.
Whether the family Followill really are the offspring of an alcoholic preacher who spent their formative years travelling the south to spread word of the good lord, we'll probably never know. However, if there was ever any doubt about the honesty of their musical convictions, Aha Shake Heartbreak should help dispel it. First things first, this is no rock'n'roll party album in the vein of Youth and Young Manhood. As fine a record as that was, the Kings have progressed, and done it with great style and taste.
Somehow the Kings have managed to return with an album that appears to be the difficult second album and post-fame downbeat comedown record rolled into one, but have defied all logic by making it sound compellingly brilliant. Opener 'Slow Night, So Long' sets the tone, introducing itself with chiming chords reminiscent of Joy Division with a Peter Hook-esque bassline to match.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Oct. 2005
Format: Audio CD
Kings of Leon may claim a preposterous history and have a reputation of being party-hard immature youths, but their music speaks depths of their true genius. Their second album, "A-Ha Shake Heartbreak", is both a clear improvement on their already incredibly good first offering ("Youth and Young Manhood")and proof of a real understanding of what rock is really about.
And not only do Kings of Leon know the meaning of rock, but also know how to help it evolve. Just listen to the first track on the album, 'Slow Night, So Long', which although has less immediate impact than the opener on "YAYM", brings their original sound to new levels. No one could have expected the jazzy, sombre feel of the ending section. I was amazed, and loved them more with every passing chord.
The third track, 'Taper Jean Girl', as well as being my personal favourite, proves that Kings of Leon know exactly what direction they are headed. It is confident, rhythmic and has, in my opinion anyway, one of the greatest riffs in any rock song in the past decade. A stunning song.
'The Bucket' is another obvious strongpoint, but unexpectedly (if not for the yodelling)'Day Old Blues'is quite enjoyable, and 'Pistol of Fire' and 'King of the Rodeo' also live up to this standard. There are no fillers. No weak songs. Kings of Leon are determined to make an impression on the world of rock, and who knows, with this album, they might even change it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Uncle Bryn on 22 May 2007
Format: Audio CD
After the impact of their brilliant debut album, the Kings' follow-up album was eagerly anticipated. And they delivered BIG time!

Aha Shake Heartbreak (though an odd name for an album) simply solidifies the thoughts among many (myself included) that the KOL are the best rock band to have come out of America for a long, long time.

It is chock-full of lively, driving numbers, awash with Caleb's Southern, twangy drawl, Nathan's snappy and precise drumming (check out "Velvet Snow") and Matthew and Jared's solid bass-lines and catchy riffing.

Top tracks include "Slow Night, So Long", "The Bucket", "Velvet Snow" and "Taper Jean Girl". "Milk" is a bit of an odd song as it's hard to understand what the opening lyrics are about, but it does build up well and is a good contrast to the others. And if there is a low-point, I would say it was "Day Old Blues", which just seems out of place. The pace of the album overall matches "Youth and Young Manhood" but my one criticism is that a lot of the songs are just too short and seem to be a bit rushed through.

Is it better than their debut? Personally I don't think so. (It certainly doesn't "[...] all over Youth and Young Manhood" like NME claimed it would). But it is a brilliant album, cementing the Kings' status as one of the top bands in the world today.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By cfroud on 6 Nov. 2004
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I waited for this album with a deal of apprehension. 'Youth and Young Manhood' had been a truly great album and as with any follow-up to such a thing, could they keep it up?

I needn't have worried.

Its a slow burner, getting better with every play. I have it in the car, in work, on my ipod, at home, I don't want to listen to anything else. Best tracks are 'Pistol of Fire', 'Soft', 'Day Old Blues' (just how catchy is that, for Cliff's sake?)) and the best of the best, 'Velvet Snow'. Buy it, kids - it'll be the best Eight-Fifty (four-ninty five now, heh-heh) you've spent this year except their new one which is even better :)
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