Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Because of the Times CD 13 RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or 'RCA' with lightning bolt in circle) 88697037762 886970377621
Because of the Times CD 13 RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or 'RCA' with lightning bolt in circle) 88697037762 886970377621
Because of the Times (unknown) 13
Because of the Times (iTunes) Digital Media 14 RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or 'RCA' with lightning bolt in circle) [none]
Because of the Times CD 13 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP), Hand Me Down 88697077412, HMD52 886970774123
Because of the Times CD 13 RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or 'RCA' with lightning bolt in circle) RCA 88697037762 886970377621
Because of the Times Digital Media 13 RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or 'RCA' with lightning bolt in circle)
Because of the Times CD 14 BMG JAPAN BVCP-21524 4988017647653
Because of the Times 2×Vinyl 6 + 7 Music on Vinyl MOVLP473 8718469530236
Promotion
Because of the Times CD 13 RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or 'RCA' with lightning bolt in circle) RCA 88697 066692-2

Relationships

artist & repertoire support: Steve Ralbovsky
associated singles/EPs: Charmer
Fans
On Call
included in: Boxed
The Early Vinyl
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000478745 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/123924 [info]
Wikidata: Q1754025 [info]
Wikipedia: en: Because of the Times [info]
other databases: http://www.musik-sammler.de/album/75402 [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/93gb [info]

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With the charts re-vitalised by the amateurish din of 'hot new talent', now seems a suitably off-kilter time for elder statesmen, Kings Of Leon, to rock up with a difficult-to-digest third album.

2003's snackable debut Youth And Young Manhood *saw the Kings marking their distinctive Deep South corner in a room of Strokes-style screechy instant hitters. 2005's *Aha Shake Heartbreak came with a moodier, eclectic frame of reference.

*Because Of The Times *is an ever more ambitious affair - and it states it from the outset with 7 minute epic ''Knocked Up'' (their first ever song to run over 5 minutes).

Announcing itself with a stark, stripped riff that echoes the bleak intro to U2's With Or Without You, it racks up the pace with the defiant refrain ''I don't care what nobody says / We're gonna have a baby'' – and it's utterly captivating.

However track two, the Pixies-esque bass 'n squeal assault of Charmer, forces the range of this album wide open – it's expertly navigated by Caleb Followhill's voice. By turns glass-shattering and heart-breaking it brings a unique tone to tales of bad behaviour and true love.

The album's title refers to an annual preachers' conference the boys attended in their youth, and the hick-chic Followhill family are proof that the bible belt can yield a disarming emotional literacy. Current single, On Call is an ode to selfless devotion, with the haunting and hollow eloquence of its refrain: ''When you fall to pieces / I'll come a-runnin''' . Throughout the album there's a running battle between an appetite for destruction and hopeless romanticism. The Runner is Johnny Cash embroiled in a troubled face-off between faith and hellraising – concluding that ''I talk to Jesus / Jesus says I'm OK''.

It's this clever-with-a-kick attitude that will quite possibly deny commercial success beyond mid-teen chart positions. This new sound is simply too evolved for the 'first album' frenzy that renders the likes of The Fratellis and The Gossip so forgettably catchy.

Because Of the Times offers no gloss with its guitars - theirs is a tale of sordid affairs rather than cheap thrills; but ones you'll never forget.