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Kings of Leon

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Kings of Leon seem to be one of the newer hypes in music. Particularly for those of us who like music from the 1970s.

But it's a bit odd. They seem to get quite a lot of press coverage for being quite a new band, they even have a – mostly empty – German website for reasons beyond my comprehension. While I like the music, this feels a little too much to be good. All that hype coming, everyone uniformly describing them as 'bearded' (scary!) and 'young' to coincide with the Youth and Young Manhood title, I suppose.

Usually it's much nicer to slowly 'discover' a band by yourself, finding their record in the store or by word-of-mouth propaganda and compilation CDs from friends, rather than them turning up virtually out of nowhere. Another consequence of this is that you could hear raving reviews at a time when I couldn't pick up the album in my local record store. Which of course led me to get a copy off the internet for the time being.

Kings of Leon record cover Can't they simply ship albums (and films for that matter) to everyone at the same time? Surely that would solve a lot of the so-called 'piracy' problems. If people anticipate and want something, it's usually helpful to make sure they can buy it at that very moment. Musical woes come and go. If I am supposed to be a consumer who buys a lot of thing without thinking about it, then please make sure I can get what I want when I want it. I may have changed my mind next week.

And as far as I am concerned, there don't need to be any preview releases for the press. Personally, I don't suffer if an album makes it to the store before I see anything written about it. Actually I may have the joy to discover it myself before it's been discussed to death. And with media becoming more and more real-time reviews should start coming in pretty soon after albums are released anyway.

Favourite tracks are Joe's head and Genius, which is number 7. I saw the video of Molly's Chambers on telly. Bad choice of a song. The record's cover looks like a mix of one of the Queen covers mixed with the back side of Led Zeppelin records.

In short: I like the music, I despise the marketing. No news here.

[Buy at amazon .com, .uk, .de]

September 7, 2003, 16:04

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Comment by Robert: User icon

Kings Of Leon Simply Rock! They just don’t rock the way other rock bands rock nowadays thats for their one of the best rock bands in my opinion at the moment with briliant albuns. I just like it!

February 7, 2005, 22:01

Comment by Emilie Mathews: User icon

Kings of Leon are a rare good band that have just come out. No wonder they are in so many magazines. Its because they are damn good.

February 21, 2005, 9:50

Comment by Orlagh: User icon

the kngs of leon r amazing ther an awesome band which have produced 2 great albums. i hope they neva stop making music!

February 27, 2005, 22:05

Comment by Ned Canham: User icon

Yeah, Kings of Leon are awesome! I just saw them in concert tonight at Webster Hall - what a potboiler! Keep it cool.

March 4, 2005, 14:17

Comment by ssp: User icon

A little comment on the Kings of Leon’s new album and their song Milk here.

March 4, 2005, 14:20

Comment by Herbert: User icon

Kings of Leon is one of the best international music representative. I’m from Asia and the culture of country (and/or country like) music element can hardly gets around the local listeners. This band however, permanently changed my view on country music, not only country music’s origin is a foreign to me but now I feel that it has become one of the basic needs of rock music. It’s hard to describe, I just love them.

June 7, 2005, 20:38

Comment by glasses girl: User icon

I went to see the Kings oF Leon last night and they were absoloutely amazing. PLus, I also met them afterwards and they are the nicest guys. They are very funny, very sexy and smell sooooooooo good!

June 16, 2005, 22:23

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June 26, 2005, 16:42

Comment by lily: User icon

kings of leon are brilliant i love them! went 2 c them on sunday night n they rocked i think both albums are awesome! i cant believe how gud they were live! The bucket, milk, four kicks, molly’s chamber and calafornia waiting are just some of the tracks that rock!!!

July 12, 2005, 22:12

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