Monday, September 22, 2008


Kings of Leon, a band of brothers from the American Bible Belt, preach their musical gospel with dirty southern rock 'n roll—no bible or hymns needed. Though they've been on the popular circuit for years, their fourth album, Only By The Night, now cements the band as one of biggest contemporary rock groups.

The Followill gang—three brothers and a cousin, to be specific—have been releasing albums since 2000, bettering their skills and chart position every time. Last year's Because Of The Times properly introduced them to a worldwide audience, but Only By The Night will surely elevate them to stadium-bursting stars. The album is a return to the clan's southern roots: singer Caleb's famously deep voice is stronger than ever on first single "Sex on Fire" (see video above) and "Crawl" is a musical beast with pounding drums intro and persistent guitars. Other gems include "Manhattan" and "Cold Desert," while "Closer" is a beautiful instrumental opener.

The quartet claim their music is equally inspired by their religious background and Jack Daniel's whiskey, making their work raw, larger-than-life and easy to appreciate. They might not be poets, but nobody serves up Southern Fried Rock like Kings of Leon. Amen to that.

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