The Kings of Leon, brothers Nathan, Caleb, and Jared Followill and their cousin Matthew, have emerged with their latest effort Only by the Night as a worthy successor to U2’s brand of arena-ready, sing-along-with-a-lighter-in-the-air rock. Although their 3 earlier albums have a comparatively more rowdy, indie vibe, Only by the Night offers a unique blend of southern rock and blues. From the opening chords of the spooky “Closer” to the one-two-three punch of the tracks “Sex on Fire”, “Use Somebody” and “Manhattan”, the crunching guitar riffs and heavy bass lines provide the perfect vehicle to showcase lead singer Caleb Followill’s raspy, Tennessee drawl. Expect this record to be on heavy rotation throughout your mp3 or CD player. Whether you’re a fan of classic or indie rock, this one album will simultaneously satisfy your musical sweet tooth.
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