Because of the Times (2007) The songs of indie-influenced Southern rockers Kings of Leon have tended to be concise and traditionally structured. But their third CD, Because of the Times… 2007-04-03 Kings of Leon Rock
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Because of the Times (2007)

STANDING TALL Kings of Leon move closer to the edge with their experimental — and best — CD, Because of the Times
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STANDING TALL Kings of Leon move closer to the edge with their experimental — and best — CD, Because of the Times
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Apr 03, 2007; Lead Performance: Kings of Leon; Genre: Rock

The songs of indie-influenced Southern rockers Kings of Leon have tended to be concise and traditionally structured. But their third CD, Because of the Times, is a more sonically ambitious beast, as evidenced by album opener ''Knocked Up,'' which is nicely loose and seven minutes long. Indeed, with the exception of the relatively straightforward ''Black Thumbnail,'' all the tracks here find the band experimenting, successfully, with spacey atmospherics. If less accessible on first hearing than its predecessors, the result is an epic wide-screen movie of a CD and the band's best to date.

Originally posted Mar 30, 2007 Published in issue #928 Apr 06, 2007 Order article reprints