Sound — 10
Kings of Leon come back on a whole new level of musicianship to before. Youth and Young Manhood was simple, Aha Shake Heartbreak progressed, but Because Of The Times establishes the Kings as excelling musicians who haven't lost their ever improving ability to write amazing music. The most noticable differences are found in the rhythm section. Nathan Followill's drumming is now complex and driving, taking the band to a new, exciting and anthemic level. Most noticeable in the abitious track 'McFearless,' in which he gives the kit a loud, complex pounding throughout. Jared Followill's bass lines have now become even more advanced, and create the unique sound of this record. His blooming technique leads it's way boldly through Charmer and On Call, and his new found fuzz tone comes to the surface in 'Mc Fearless'.
Lyrics — 9
Caleb's voice is stronger than ever. And that is without a doubt. People have had mixed opinions about the use of reverb on his vocals on this album, but it is all part of their ballsy new sound. His strongest vocal performance comes on 'Black Thumbnail', where he belts out bold and shameless statements such as 'I'll be that person til my dying day'. He's not just singing it, you can tell he's feeling it aswell. 'Arizona' is also worth a mention for it's soothing melody and breathtaking lyrics; 'That taste, all I ever needed, all I ever wanted'.
Overall Impression — 10
Without a doubt this album is a massive step-up from the nature of their previous two albums. Youth and Young Manhood was written by in-experienced minds wishfully thinking, Aha Shake Heartbreak was written most openly and crudely about sexual experiences they had obtained, the Kings have now matured and this record is quite simply based on real love and emotion.