Aha Shake Heartbreak

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Aha Shake Heartbreak
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Studio album by Kings of Leon
Released November 1, 2004 (UK, Ireland)
February 22, 2005 (U.S.)
Recorded April–June 2004 at Three Crows Studios in Los Angeles
Genre Garage rock, Southern rock
Length 37:36
Label RCA/HandMeDown
Producer Ethan Johns and Angelo Petraglia
Kings of Leon chronology
Youth & 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
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 74/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
Blender 4/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly B[4]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[5]
NME 8/10[6]
Pitchfork Media 4.9/10[7]
Q 4/5 stars[8]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[9]
Spin B[10]
The Village Voice B+[11]

Aha Shake Heartbreak is the sophomore 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 favorable reviews, with a Metacritic score of 74.[12]

"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 September 22, and 29, 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 January 12, 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.[13] The album was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[14]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Slow Night, So Long"   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
Hidden song
No. Title In Length
1. "Too Good to Tango"   Slow Night, So Long 1:14

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.

Singles[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Reviews for Aha Shake Heartbreak by Kings of Leon". Metacritic. Retrieved December 28, 2015. 
  2. ^ Monger, James Christopher. "A-Ha Shake Heartbreak – Kings of Leon". AllMusic. Retrieved December 28, 2015. 
  3. ^ Eells, Josh (March 2005). "Kings of Leon: Aha Shake Heartbreak". Blender (34): 138. Archived from the original on April 14, 2005. Retrieved December 28, 2015. 
  4. ^ Browne, David (February 21, 2005). "Aha Shake Heartbreak". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 28, 2015. 
  5. ^ Petridis, Alexis (October 29, 2004). "Kings of Leon, Aha Shake Heartbreak". The Guardian (London). Retrieved December 28, 2015. 
  6. ^ Fitzpatrick, Rob (October 30, 2004). "Kings of Leon : Aha Shake Heartbreak". NME. Retrieved December 28, 2015. 
  7. ^ Deusner, Stephen M. (November 30, 2004). "Kings of Leon: Aha Shake Heartbreak". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved December 28, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Kings of Leon: Aha Shake Heartbreak". Q (221): 129. December 2004. 
  9. ^ Fricke, David (February 24, 2005). "Aha Shake Heartbreak". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 28, 2015. 
  10. ^ Wood, Mikael (March 2005). "Kings of Leon: Aha Shake Heartbreak". Spin 21 (3): 85. Retrieved December 28, 2015. 
  11. ^ Christgau, Robert (May 17, 2005). "Consumer Guide: Beguilement and Rage". The Village Voice. Retrieved December 28, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Metacritic profile - Aha Shake Heartbreak". Retrieved 29 November 2010. 
  13. ^ Rolling Stone (2011-07-19). "Introducing Rolling Stone's 100 Best Albums of the 2000s | Music News". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2011-11-03. 
  14. ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (7 February 2006). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 0-7893-1371-5. 
  15. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2008 Albums". Aria.com.au. 2008-12-31. Retrieved 2011-11-03. 
  16. ^ Jaclyn Ward - Fireball Media Ltd. - http://www.fireballmedia.ie (1962-10-01). "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". Irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 2011-11-03. 
  17. ^ http://www.bpi.co.uk/certifiedawards/Search.aspx
  18. ^ AllMusic, retrieved 2014/09/28, http://www.allmusic.com/album/a-ha-shake-heartbreak-mw0000470779/credits