The third full-length studio album from Kings of Leon, titled Because of The Times, will be coming out on April 3 (April 2 UK) and the first official sample of the sound was added this morning to their MySpace page.
“On Call” is available to stream at www.myspace.com/kingsofleon, and feels a lot grander than the stuff on their last album, the fantastic Aha Shake Heartbreak. The songs starts off slow and vaguely psychedelic, but quickly picks up a thumping, defiant bass line and fat guitar solos. It’s a fair deal of Seventies rock with glowing vocal effects and range not far removed from My Morning Jacket.
Because Of The Times was produced by Ethan Johns –as with their other albums– and Angelo Petraglia. According to NME, singer Caleb Followill said: “These songs are so much bigger, this band is so much better. There was a growth that people thought they heard on ‘Aha Shake Heartbreak’ from ‘Youth And Young Manhood’ (2003 debut), but there’s no comparison this time out. I think it’s pretty evident when people hear it.” Here’s the tracklisting, and you can read more about the album here:
1. “Knocked Up”
3. “On Call”
5. “Black Thumbnail”
6. “My Party”
7. “True Love Way”
10. “The Runner”
Oh, and Canadian pal Neiles has the live Kings of Leon EP Day Old Belgian Blues up today in honor.