Aha Shake Heartbreak

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Aha Shake Heartbreak
Studio album by Kings of Leon
Released November 1, 2004 (UK, Ireland)
February 22, 2005 (U.S.)
Recorded April–June 2004 at Three Crows Studio, Los Angeles, California
Genre Garage rock, Southern rock
Length 37:36
Label RCA, HandMeDown Records
Producer Ethan Johns
Kings of Leon chronology
Youth and Young Manhood
(2003)
Aha Shake Heartbreak
(2004)
Day Old Belgian Blues
(2006)
Singles from Aha Shake Heartbreak
  1. "The Bucket"
    Released: October 25, 2004
  2. "Four Kicks"
    Released: January 10, 2005 (UK only)
  3. "King of the Rodeo"
    Released: April 11, 2005
Alternative cover
Additional Cover (Europe)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[2]
NME (8/10)[3]
Pitchfork Media (4.9/10)[4]
Prefix Mag (7/10)[5]
Robert Christgau B+[6]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[7]
Sputnikmusic 3.5/5 stars[8]
Stylus Magazine B+[9]
XFM favourable[10]

Aha Shake Heartbreak is the second studio album by American rock band Kings of Leon. It was released in November 2004 in the UK and February 2005 in the United States. It is the only album by Kings of Leon to have a Parental Advisory label because of the strong language in "Rememo," "Soft," and "Four Kicks." The cover is reminiscent of Queen's A Night at the Opera.

The album was met with generally favourable reviews, with a Metacritic score of 74.[11]

"The Bucket," "Four Kicks" and "King of the Rodeo" were released as singles in the UK.

The original UK/Ireland version of the album featured a black cover and an orchid, whereas the later US version featured a white background with a different kind of orchid. The album also contains the bonus track "Where Nobody Knows".

The title of the album comes from the third track, "Taper Jean Girl."

There is also a photo, hidden underneath the white plastic of the second black cover, of the band as children.

The band's popularity exploded in Australia during the weeks of the 22nd and 29 September 2008, when they had all four of their studio albums in the top 50, with Aha Shake Heartbreak peaking at its highest position yet, number 25, and attaining Platinum sales. The album was certified 2x Platinum in Australia on the 12 January 2009. The album has sold more than 910,000 copies worldwide and was ranked #39 on Rolling Stone's Top 100 Albums of the Decade.[12]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Slow Night, So Long"   2:40/3:54
2. "King of the Rodeo"   2:25
3. "Taper Jean Girl"   3:05
4. "Pistol of Fire"   2:20
5. "Milk"   4:00
6. "The Bucket"   2:55
7. "Soft"   2:59
8. "Razz"   2:15
9. "Day Old Blues"   3:33
10. "Four Kicks"   2:09
11. "Velvet Snow"   2:11
12. "Rememo"   3:23
13. "Where Nobody Knows [Bonus Track]"   2:24

Like its predecessor, Aha Shake Heartbreak was recorded with producer Ethan Johns at his 3 Crows studio in Los Angeles using the Beatles' old Abbey Road mixing desk.

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