Youth & Young Manhood

Youth & Young Manhood

by Kings of Leon

CD(German Import)

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Overview

Well-schooled in rock 'n' roll's traditional battle between good and evil, these honest-to-goodness sons (and nephew) of a preacher man are steeped in Southern tradition on both ends of that spectrum. The Kings specialize in old-school boogie -- the kind of stuff that'll conjure up images of Black Oak Arkansas at their greasiest, particularly on "Dusty" and "Red Morning Light" -- but it's not as if they've just emerged from a time capsule. Frontman Caleb Followill exudes an easygoing vibe, his low-slung voice alternately suggesting whiskey-fueled sexuality ("Molly's Chambers") and morning-after regret (the piano-tweaked "Trani"). Brother Matthew Followill's arcing guitar lines, on the other hand, split the difference between Allmans-styled grace ("California Waiting") and hellhound-on-his-tail slash-and-burn (the woozy "Spiral Staircase"). While sonically less primitive than new-rock kindred spirits such as the White Stripes and the Hives, Kings of Leon are every bit as rooted in the primordial ooze of rock's origins -- and every bit as capable of beckoning listeners to get down 'n' dirty as well.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/03/2008
Label: Imports
UPC: 0828765215923
catalogNumber: 914834

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Youth & Young Manhood 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Family tradition!! This is essential to a complete Rock & Roll music collection. Their live show is better than the album!!
rnr13 More than 1 year ago
Bought their newest CD when I heard "Sex On Fire" and have worked my way back through their catolog. I have enjoyed every one of them!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As people speak critically about a "garage-rock" revival, its important to realize that rock and roll is not some fad, and its return to the spotlight is long overdue and welcomed by many. The Kings are a breath of fresh air, bringing a 70's style southern rock sound that pays homage to its influences without robbing from them. Honestly I was a bit skeptical at first, with Caleb's vocals sounding like he has a mouthful of rocks, but after a few listens to this album I was singing whole-heartedly in my car while banging out the infectiosly simple lead guitar riffs (on my air-guitar). And after a while, I found those "garbled" vocals to be the most addictive singing voice in recent memory. To conclude, these guys are true-blue hip shaking rock, and they have the look to match the sound. If you like rock, buy this album, and give it a few tries becuase this puppy grows on you like a fresh poison ivy rash. In a good way.
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