Release Date: Feb 22, 2005
Record label: Handmedown / RCA
Genre(s): Indie, Rock
It is hard to hold out much hope for the second effort from Nashville-based quartet Kings of Leon. Their debut, Youth and Young Manhood, sold 800,000 copies in England, but of all the guitar bands that emerged in the wake of the Strokes they seemed the least likely to survive. At a time when most bands attracting hyperbole were revivalists, the Kings of Leon alone seemed to be reviving something that was never much cop in the first place: the 1970s Southern boogie of the Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
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.