Kings of Leon new CD Only by the Night is one of two new upcoming reviews that found its way to this music blog despite our best efforts. I was cruising along one day when a friend sent me a link and told me I needed to listen to a Kings of Leon play list she had created. I fired it up in Rhapsody and immediately recognized them but at the same time realized I had heard them but for one reason or another they hadn’t clicked with me. Then the song “Closer” came on and I suddenly found myself hitting the play it again button.
The Kings of Leon is a four member band, containing three brothers and a cousin, from Nashville, Tennessee. They have been around since 2003 and Only by the Night is their fourth album. Oddly enough, this band from Nashville did better in the UK than in the states. Only by the Night was the UK’s 3rd best selling CD of 2008.
Leading the charge from Only by the Night is the single “Sex on Fire”. While not one of lead man Caleb Followill’s favorite tracks from the CD, it still shows off his powerful and exotic rock vocals. The darker and much more sinister “Closer” paints a Vampire picture just before Vampires became popular again.
Overall, Kings of Leon CD Only by the Night is a good listen. It is one more brick in the wall of bringing rock music back to the radio.