Because of the Times

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Because of the Times
Because of the Times (Kings of Leon album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 2, 2007
Recorded2006 at Blackbird in Nashville; Sunset Sound in Hollywood
GenreAlternative rock, garage rock, Southern rock
LabelHandMeDown, RCA
ProducerEthan Johns, Angelo Petraglia
Kings of Leon chronology
Day Old Belgian Blues
Because of the Times
Only by the Night
Singles from Because of the Times
  1. "On Call"
    Released: March 26, 2007
  2. "Fans"
    Released: July 9, 2007
  3. "Charmer"
    Released: October 29, 2007

Because of the Times is the third studio album by American rock band Kings of Leon. It was released April 2, 2007 in the UK and April 3, 2007 in the United States.[1] The album has received generally positive reviews and has appeared in numerous Top-10 lists for "Album of the Year.[2] In 2009, Clash named the album number 3 on the "Clash Essential 50", a list of the most important albums released since the magazine's inception in 2004.[3]


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[5]
The A.V. ClubA−[6]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[7]
The Guardian4/5 stars[8]
The Independent5/5 stars[9]
Q4/5 stars[12]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[13]
Spin2.5/5 stars[14]

The album was #6 in NME albums of the year, as well as #31 on Rolling Stone's Top 50 Albums of 2007. NME said that the album "cements Kings Of Leon as one of the great American bands of our times"[10] and Entertainment Weekly called Because of the Times "an epic wide-screen movie of a CD and the band's best to date."[15] Another reviewer described Because of the Times as, "an accomplished album of unbelievable beauty and familiar, loveable grit. Kings of Leon is maturing wonderfully and with patience, not forcing anything musically or lyrically that doesn’t sound natural."[16] However, some critics found the album inferior to the band's previous efforts.[17] Dave Hood of Artrocker gave the album one star out of five, finding that "Kings of Leon are experimenting, learning, and getting a bit lost."[18] Pitchfork contended that "Because of the Times sound[s] suspiciously like a counterattack on womankind, launched from somewhere in the mid-1990s, deep inside a bruised, stadium-sized ego."[11]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Kings of Leon.

1."Knocked Up"7:10
3."On Call"3:21
5."Black Thumbnail"4:00
6."My Party"4:10
7."True Love Way"4:02
10."The Runner"4:16
US iTunes, Japanese and deluxe edition bonus track
14."My Third House"4:03
UK iTunes bonus track
14."On Call (AOL Music Sessions)"3:21


Charts and certifications[edit]


Year Chart Peak
2007 Australia 4
Belgium 20
Europe 7
Ireland 1
New Zealand 1
United States 25
United Kingdom 1
2008 Australia 15
2009 Australia 22


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA) 2× Platinum[19] 140,000
Belgium (IFPI) Gold[20] 15,000
Germany (BVMI) Gold[21] 200,000
Ireland (IRMA) 3× Platinum[22] 45,000
New Zealand (RIANZ) Platinum[23] 15,000
United Kingdom (BPI) 3× Platinum[24] 900,000

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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