By Mikael Wood
September 17, 2008 at 04:00 AM EDT

Only by the Night


Unless your name is Justin Timberlake, calling a song ”Sex on Fire,” as Kings of Leon do on their latest set of scruffy Southern-fried garage rock, is a pretty risky move. Of course, these Tennessee lads’ backwoods-beefcake vibe has always obscured how nervy their music ?can be: Throughout Only by the Night, frontman Caleb Followill wails forlornly about cheap thrills and true love while his two brothers (and a cousin) bash? out spooky, raw-edged riffs that rarely go where you expect them to. The highlight is ”Use Somebody,” ? a too-cool hipster’s cry for comfort. B+
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