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    A-Ha Shake Heartbreak

    Kings of Leon - A-Ha Shake Heartbreak

    2005 | Rca Victor Europe 

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    A-Ha Shake Heartbreak Review

    Like The Strokes, Kings of Leon gained a lot of attention in the UK before getting their due in their native country, the United States. Clever marketing or differences in taste? Regardless, it worked, and America is finally ready to take notice.

    KOL often sound like the aforementioned Strokes, but it's not as likely that the Followill boys (three brothers and a cousin) listened to The Stooges, Velvet Underground and Television while traveling around the South with their Pentecostal father, Reverend Followill. Their Southern roots are common fodder for journalists, who often compare them to the Black Crowes and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Like the Crowes, their Southern roots often are apparent, but it’s KOL’s larger-than-life (a la early Who) rock 'n' roll spirit that will leave its mark.

    The two standout tracks are "Soft" and "The Bucket." They’re rock classics waiting to be discovered. "Day Old Blues" starts with a simple beautiful acoustic guitar riff reminiscent of The Faces. I thought we had another "She talks to Angels" (Black Crowes) on our hands. It would’ve been their huge radio hit. But to my amusement and surprise, Caleb Followill begins yodeling the indiscernible chorus. Caleb’s Bon Scott-style swagger and vocals aren’t the only apparent AC/DC influence. The songs on Aha Shake Heartbreak are short, punchy rock songs with simple, gritty guitar riffs. The songs are like short hard punches to the gut. Unfortunately, the quiet, sparse production stifles some of their force.

    This is a straight-up rock 'n' roll album, and like most classic rock, these songs revolve around women and wine (or more fittingly, booze and broads). It’s not pop-punk, alt-rock or even indie in any way. This should and most likely will be one of the biggest bands in America. This is a very good album, from a band that’s destined to be called great someday. But you need to see this band live. At times, the album feels suffocating of their stadium rock prowess. - Doug Kamin

    All Music Guide Review

    The mysterious Followill family returns to the front porch/garage on the Kings of Leon's engaging sophomore effort, Aha Shake Heartbreak. On Youth & Young Manhood, the Kings gave Southern rock a swift kick in the rear, sounding like Lynyrd Skynyrd posing as a bunch of N.Y.U. film students (or vice versa). For their latest, the Nashville quartet raises a flag that's equal parts Confederate and Union Jack. Their success in the U.K. is understandable, as Caleb Followill's lazy drawl sounds like a cross between Bon Scott, Ray Davies, and Eddie Money with a slight Jamaican accent, but it's their seamless and agreeable blend of rock & roll, country, and Roky Erickson-style psychedelia, matched with a keen lyrical wit, that makes them fascinating to both sides of the pond. On the twenty-something barfly opener "Slow Night, So Long," Caleb laments/celebrates the soulless dance of the one-night stand ("She's opened up just like she really knows me/I hate her face, but enjoy the company") like a true student of outlaw country. It's a theme that runs rampant throughout Heartbreak, and whether it's set against a swamp-sick boogie ("Pistol of Fire") or emitted through a lonesome yodel ("Day Old Blues"), it resonates as clear and cool as the opening notes of a Creedence Clearwater Revival tune. ~ James Christopher Monger, Rovi

    A-Ha Shake Heartbreak Track Listing

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  • 5
  • Milk
  • 4:00
  • Sound Clip for Milk from A-Ha Shake Heartbreak

  • 6
  • The Bucket
  • 2:55
  • Sound Clip for The Bucket from A-Ha Shake Heartbreak

  • 7
  • Soft
  • 2:59
  • Sound Clip for Soft from A-Ha Shake Heartbreak

  • 8
  • Razz
  • 2:15
  • Sound Clip for Razz from A-Ha Shake Heartbreak

  • 9
  • Day Old Blues
  • 3:32
  • Sound Clip for Day Old Blues from A-Ha Shake Heartbreak

  • 10
  • Four Kicks
  • 2:09
  • Sound Clip for Four Kicks from A-Ha Shake Heartbreak

  • 11
  • Velvet Snow
  • 2:11
  • Sound Clip for Velvet Snow from A-Ha Shake Heartbreak

  • 12
  • Rememo
  • 3:22
  • Sound Clip for Rememo from A-Ha Shake Heartbreak

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