Aha Shake Heartbreak

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Aha Shake Heartbreak
KOL-Aha Shake Heartbreak US.JPG
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 1, 2004 (UK, Ireland)
February 22, 2005 (U.S.)
RecordedApril–June 2004 at Three Crows Studios in Los Angeles
ProducerEthan Johns and Angelo Petraglia recorded and mixed by Jacquire King
Kings of Leon chronology
Youth & Young Manhood
Aha Shake Heartbreak
Day Old Belgian Blues
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)
Additional Cover (Europe)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[2]
Blender4/5 stars[3]
Entertainment WeeklyB[4]
The Guardian4/5 stars[5]
Q4/5 stars[8]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[9]
The Village VoiceB+[11]

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 "Taper Jean Girl", "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]

1."Slow Night, So Long" 3:54
2."King of the Rodeo" 2:25
3."Taper Jean Girl" 3:05
4."Pistol of Fire"(Caleb Followill/Nathan Followill)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
1."Too Good to Tango"Slow Night, So Long1:14

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.


Charts and certifications[edit]


Kings of Leon
  • Caleb Followill - vocals, rhythm guitar (credited as "pipes")
  • Nathan Followill - drums (credited as "skins")
  • Jared Followill - bass (credited as "slaps")
  • Matthew Followill - lead guitar (credited as "licks")


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  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. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved December 28, 2015.
  7. ^ Deusner, Stephen M. (November 30, 2004). "Kings of Leon: Aha Shake Heartbreak". Pitchfork. 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 November 29, 2010.
  13. ^ Rolling Stone (2011-07-19). "Introducing Rolling Stone's 100 Best Albums of the 2000s | Music News". Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 3, 2011.
  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 November 3, 2011.
  16. ^ Jaclyn Ward (1962-10-01). "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". Irishcharts.ie. Retrieved November 3, 2011.
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