Back in time
8 July 2023
Nashville’s rock family KINGS OF LEON started their crusade to global stardom
20 years ago – 7 July 2003 – with their debut LP YOUTH AND YOUNG MANHOOD.
It peaked at #3 in the UK but didn’t even chart in the US, but that would change quickly.
NME said: “Arriving in the poker-faced wake of The Strokes, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
and The Libertines, ‘Youth & Young Manhood’ was a breath of fresh Southern air. A gaggle
of hot-blooded 1970s throwbacks with more hair than Dolly Parton’s wig storage space, their chugging hillbilly groove wasn’t overly deep, but it was heavy with hooks, snarling personality and glorious imperfections, like Caleb’s cracked vocals on ‘Trani’ – the only track on the album to broach the five minute mark by a significant margin.”
TUTV: Good old sizzling Southern rock riffage. Their most authentic (read: before turning into major record label’s slaves), unrestrained and unbridled album to my ears and eyes (they were cooking on stage back then). Afterward, the albums’ quality became more and more mainstream and lost its original we do what we fucking want to do spirit. The big money came in. The band became a brand.
Singles/clips: Red Morning Light / Molly’s Chambers / California Waiting
– RED MORNING LIGHT –
– MOLLY’S CHAMBERS –
– CALIFORNIA WAITING –
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Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…
7 July 2018
Band: KINGS OF LEON
Album: YOUTH & YOUNG MANHOOD – debut LP
Released: 7 July 2003 – 15 years ago
NME said: “There aren’t many guitar bands with such a clear cut line etched down the middle of their career as Kings Of Leon. Their first phase was all grotty garage and country shakedowns and the second – post 2004’s ‘Aha Shake Heartbreak’ – a raft of ambitious widdles, grandiose riffage and some seriously intense vibes. Some fans are loyal to the former and others to the latter, but whichever side of the fence you fall on, it’s hard to deny the sheer brilliance of their very first effort.” – Full review here
TURN UP THE VOLUME says: Red-hot rawk ‘n’ roll thunder from the bad-ass start to the shaking finish. An avalanche of nasty riffs, swirling hooks and filthy licks. Brawny shit!
THREE TOP TRACKS: Molly’s Chambers / Spiral Staircase / California Waiting /
* MOLLY’S CHAMBERS
* SPIRAL STAIRCASE
* CALIFORNIA WAITING
Album in full…
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