Kings of Leon

Album Title: Aha Shake Heartbreak
Release Date: February 22, 2005
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Genre: Rock
Even though Kings of Leon have a fair amount of attention on them, they managed to make a second album that doesn't have the feel of "the dreaded second album". Many bands either stay exactly where they were on the first go, or head out on an awkward, experimental tangent; Aha Shake Heartbreak comes off like a natural, rather than forced, progression.

Still incredibly horny and sounding like they're wasted for most waking and sleeping hours, Kings of Leon actually managed to find their softer side on their newest effort. That said, the ballads found on Aha Shake are questionable. On "Milk" it sounds like Caleb Followill took it into his head that it would be a good idea to drunkenly serenade his ex-gal from beneath her bedroom window. But it's entirely possible that's exactly what they were going for.

While "Pistol of Fire" and "Day Old Blues" are some of the best songs KOL have offered, it's the boys' debut Youth and Young Manhood that contains the obvious hits (example: "Molly's Chambers" is currently being used to sell upper-middleclass teenagers Volkswagens). However, it's Aha Shake Heartbreak that takes that next step forward in the Followill's musicianship, and sees them venturing further in the music world, exploring it hung-over and bleary-eyed.

Writer: Jaclyn Arndt


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