Kings of Leon debut album Youth & Young Manhood was released in 2003. I had not heard of them until later in their career. I am excited to hear their earlier music. The band is a family venture composed of brothers Caleb, Nathan and Jared Followill with their cousin Matthew Followill. The album was a critical success, but a commercial failure in the USA. It was a hit in the UK and eventually in Australia. I think I first heard of them on an Australian singing reality program. Anyway, Kings of Leon were ready to bring back southern rock.
My favourite songs are “Dusty”, “Talihina Sky”, “Joe’s Head”, “California Waiting“, “Trani”, and “Wasted Time”. There isn’t a bad song on the album.
This is a big departure from what they later create on >ONLY_BY_THE_NIGHT>; I prefer the alternative sound of it. Yet, this album is not terrible at all. It is just different. It is more southern and garage rock sounding. I listened to the album a couple of times and it grew on me. I think it is one of those that needs more time to get used to it. It is a good album, but not great. 7/10.