the album that changed Kings of Leon’s career

What you need to know:

Kings of Leon’s “Only by the Night” was released in 2008 and catapulted the band to the top of popularity within months with singles like “Sex on Fire” and “Use Somebody.”

Lion King They were presented as a promising band in the early 2000s and are now one of the biggest rock projects in the world. The Followill They broke in mainstream with his acclaimed album Only at night (2008), and it’s worth remembering how this album propelled them to the top internationally.

With your visit Live Latino Just around the corner, we remember his most significant advancement in the music industry, From being an independent, self-produced band to breaking records and filling stadiums in a matter of months.

Of the album’s 11 songs, the massive songs “Sex on Fire,” “Use Somebody” and “Notion” stood out, leading to “Kings of Leon” being played everywhere within a few months.

The consecration point of the kings of Leon

The albums before Only by the Night showed quite noticeable changes

From his exalted one Youth and young masculinity (2003), Followill attracted attention for their raw, distorted sound, reminiscent of the southern rock of bands like… Creedence Clearwater Revival either Lynyrd Skynyrd.

The sped-up guitar solos and rather harsh sound with Caleb’s torn voice in a balanced chaos ensured that lovers of the garage rock revival counted it among their favorites.

The quartet also has cult hits like “Red Morning Light” and “California Waiting” with a see Retro had a niche sound that focused on heavy distortion Riffs simple and catchy.

This has been changed to Aha Shake Heartbreak (2005), with a more complex song construction, with more bridges and breaksand already in there Because of the time (2007) we were dealing with a band that used synthesizers and a much less raw sound.

This constant idea of ​​change prompted Kings of Leon to compose Only at nightwhich led them to perform anywhere and at any time in 2008, in what was perhaps one of the last waves of rock’s mass popularity in modern times.

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Creating a contemporary classic that transcends genres

It wasn’t until February 2008 that the Kings returned to the studio to work on the sequel Because of the time, and with this energy they managed to achieve a sophisticated rock sound. With simple but captivating lyrics, Caleb’s voice continued to resonate around the world for many years to come.

They had already toured as U2’s opening act, and this was a significant change in scale. They began by playing single shows in medium-sized venues and then opened the worldwide touring presentations of a band accustomed to stadiums.

Joining Angelo Petraglia and Jacquire King in production, the Followill quartet composed an iconic album that has sold more than six million copies.

Her first single, “Sex on Fire”, reached No. 1 in the UK, No. 56 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on the Billboard Modern Rock chart.

As if that wasn’t enough, the singles “Use Somebody”, “Manhattan”, “Revelry” and “Notion” confirmed that they were not a band One-hit wonderbut that the Americans had achieved a massive sound that filled arenas around the world.

The songs that received less media attention also marked a tonal change. The bass on “Crawl”, along with Caleb’s vocals with a Hall Breite, or the alternating “17” with greater precision, appealed to greater size for the rest of his career.

Definitely the Kings of Leon with theirs Only at night They changed their sound, their career and the way rock interacted with pop, dominating the charts in unforgettable ways that are no longer common today.

More than 15 years after releasing the album that changed their career, the Kings of Leon will visit Vive Latino on Sunday, March 17th. Tickets are still available and you can purchase them here.

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