I try not to sit down and put forth the effort to write about something unless I have positive things to say. Not only is it a big waste of my time, but if I'm going to expend energy and thought on any topic (especially music) I'd much rather say good things about music that I enjoy. This entry is an exception to that.
Recently in the mail I received a copy of the new Kings of Leon album, Because of the Times. I was eager to hear it because I've enjoyed their previous two full-length albums and the live EP that was released last summer, and I've enjoyed each the Kings' live performances in Austin. However, after listening through the new album a few times I have come to the realization that I have very few good things to say about it.
After such a long recording hiatus since the release of Aha Shake Heartbreak (Feb. 2005) I was hoping to hear something great, but it just isn't there. Outside of a few decent tracks, most of the material on Because of the Times is either dull, uninspired, or grossly over-polished. The straight-ahead rock & roll of Youth & Young Manhood is absent, and also not present are the reflective and heartfelt self realizations of the sophomore album. Did I already mention that it's way too polished? They should have just gone in the studio and recorded these songs in an hour-long live set, and then printed and shipped it. I'm afraid that Kings of Leon might have already peaked, and it sure isn't with Because of the Times.
Because of the Times
April 3, 2007
Kings of Leon - "My Party"
Kings of Leon - "Arizona"
Kings of Leon.com