Only By The Night (studio album) by Kings Of Leon

Only By The Night
Only By The Night by Kings Of Leon
Year: 2008
Release date: 2008-09-19
Overall rank: 804th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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72/100 (from 694 votes)
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Award Top 10 albums of 2008 (10th)
Award Top albums of the 2000s (135th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (804th)
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Only By The Night is ranked as the best album by Kings Of Leon.

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72/100 (from 694 votes)
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This album has a Bayesian average rating of 72.3/100, a mean average of 70.8/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 72.3/100. The standard deviation for this album is 18.4.

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80/100
From 09/15/2020 17:01
Rock Classic! Rating (81.36)
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From 08/13/2020 14:25
I didn't really like this album too much the first couple of listens - probably not the type of band that I would follow. I first heard this album in 2016 but was familiar with the big hits. The album slowly grew on me the more I listened to it - I felt the same with the Foo Fighters.
But this album opens with "Closer" and ends with "Cold Desert" which are now amongst my favourite songs.
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85/100
From 10/05/2018 17:25
The run from Sex on Fire till Revelry is a relentless flawless streak of mad genius. I dont know how/why i ended up loving those 4 songs so much, but they havent aged a day after all this time and i only love them more with every listen.

The rest of the album has eventually grown on me, notion and closer are fine songs, but i am mostly here for those 4 songs.
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90/100
From 03/15/2018 00:54
Favorite Songs: Manhattan, Use Somebody
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From 01/27/2018 03:35
Today (January 2018)I listened to this album 10 years since it first came out in 2008 & the verdict ? It definitely has aged and not in a good way.

The opening 4 tracks up to and including Use Somebody are great , from here on the tracks are VERY average bordering on fillers .

Agree with many of the posts here that Use Somebody is the best track here

Interesting fact this album is BEA ranked 503 so there's plenty of punters who rate this album , I'm not one of them though.
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95/100
From 09/30/2017 16:21
Really enjoyed listening to this album. Use somebody is such a great song!
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40/100
From 05/21/2017 20:20
An old-fashioned AOR record in that it contains a few standout radio hits and a bunch of filler. This band has been beat up by music fans in the years since this came out, mainly because they seem to be sort of a band for "bros" and fratboys and their music is a bit chest-thumpy, and they even became notorious for antigay comments, so I'm trying to be fair here, because I'm not sure if their reputation is warranted. Maybe they're not all that bad. The fact is, though, that besides about three songs, this album proved to be boring and I had to permanently put it aside. Maybe if the production weren't so bombastic it might be easier to get through the whole thing. (I had a physical CD copy that I bought, so I did give it more than enough chances.)
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45/100
From 04/26/2017 16:43
Some interesting parts on this one, but not nearly enough to warrant 54 minutes of this stuff. Guitar carries the whole album, because the lyrics and vocals certainly don't. I don't know, maybe this kind of music just isn't for me.
Best Tracks: Closer, Use Somebody, 17.
Worst: Sex On Fire, Be Somebody.
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90/100
From 05/05/2016 16:22
Kings of Leon's best album mixes and combines the weird garage guitar rawness of their earlier work with the radio friendly melody rock of their future work.

It combines beautifully and seamlessly that I thought they were going to be an excellent band for a long time to come.

Unfortunately they sell out to radio after this and their lead singer goes all in on the sex, drugs, and rock and roll life.

Tracks 1-4 are excellent. Notion is great too. The ballad Revelry is great.

I do wish it had a little more thrashing lead guitar from Because of the Times. Without that plus a couple dud songs, I give this a 90.
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From 04/26/2016 13:16
Aha is better if you ask me.
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