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3.0 out of 5 stars Good album but not for die hard KOL Fans, 23 Sept. 2008
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As a KOL fan I didn't want to listen to the reviews until I heard this album for myself but I hate to say the critics are right! All for bands re-inventing their sound but this for me was too far.

The first 3 tracks are promising but already you'll realise this is not the Kings Of Leon you've grown to love through their first 3 albums. Then the 4th track "Use Somebody" really hammers the fact home with over produced almost soft rock/pop vocals that wouldn't be out of place in the closing credits of your favourite 80's movie. And after that, it's slow, generic, and just washes over you with no hooks or melodies that really make any lasting impression.

Great lounge music but if you've ever seen them live you'll wonder how they'll squeeze any of the latter part of this album into one of their sets sandwiched rather uncomfortably between "Slow Night, So Long" and "Fans"!

Like I say, still a massive fan and I think others likeminded will feel the same. Just not what I expected
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Initial post: 26 Sep 2008 13:07:51 BDT
I totally agree however 'Because of the times' already had, if not transitioned the bands sound from the raw power that the first two albums garnered. In effect Moshing their way through small sweaty venues to now fully fledged stadium rockers. Charmer was still a heavy rocking anthem though :) In all 'Only by the night' seems very middle of the road in comparison to their previous work, testament to this is them getting a number 1 in the British charts :( To use an old cliche 'they've sold out'.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Oct 2008 12:47:23 BDT
True, there were heavy hints towards a transition in 'Because of the Times' but there's still a good mixture of tracks on there where as this really doesn't have anything of much substance! Since this review I've listened to it about half a dozen more times and it doesn't get much better. I'll stick with 'Aha Shake....' thanks.

Looking forward to seeing them again this December but just hoping they (and the new fans that'll be there) still create the buzz that makes them so good live!!
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