Only by the Night (2008) Unless your name is Justin Timberlake, calling a song "Sex on Fire," as Kings of Leon do on their latest set of scruffy Southern-fried garage… 2008-09-23 Kings of Leon Rock
Music Review

Only by the Night (2008)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Sep 23, 2008; Lead Performance: Kings of Leon; Genre: Rock

Unless your name is Justin Timberlake, calling a song ''Sex on Fire,'' as Kings of Leon do on their latest set of scruffy Southern-fried garage rock, is a pretty risky move. Of course, these Tennessee lads' backwoods-beefcake vibe has always obscured how nervy their music 
can be: Throughout Only by the Night, frontman Caleb Followill wails forlornly about cheap thrills and true love while his two brothers (and a cousin) bash
 out spooky, raw-edged riffs that rarely go where you expect them to. The highlight is ''Use Somebody,'' 
 a too-cool hipster's cry for comfort. B+
Download This: Listen to ''Use Somebody'' on last.fm

Originally posted Sep 16, 2008 Published in issue #1013 Sep 26, 2008 Order article reprints