It just may be time to stomp your feet and yell out loud.
It just may be time to stomp your feet and yell out loud. The first full-length from Kings of Leon, fronted by three sons of a Pentecostal preacher, is a new Southern twist on the catch-all genre of garage rock. Gloriously embracing its redneck roots, the band careens through gangly guitar riffs, feverish country melodies and odes to mothers and daughters who wear cherry red lipstick. Lead singer Caleb Followill alternates between a rough drawl and a screeching roar. At first, this hits as hard as a slug of whiskey. But it perfectly conveys the sexy and restless mood of the Deep South. Most of the material from the band's earlier EP, "Holy Roller Novocaine," appears on "Youth & Young Manhood." New standouts like "Red Morning Light" and "Joe's Head" only add to the good-time hysteria.—SA