Kings of Leon

Aha Shake Heartbreak

The Kings of Leon return with their second album since 2003’s debut EP, Holy Roller Novocaine. A country-rock jamfest, Aha Shake Heartbreak plays like a cross between Janis Joplin’s Big Brother & the Holding Company and the Band. Some of my favorites include “King of the Rodeo” a homemade-sounding, rock-blues jam that lets the good times roll. “The Bucket” is rock with a U2 sound, complete with a ringing guitar. Another standout is “Milk,” a sad blues howl, like a dog crying on the prairie accompanied by an acoustic guitar. Unfortunately, all the songs end abruptly, which is frustrating for those who prefer the slow fadeout. If you love early-1970s country rock, you’ll love this album. Long live the Kings! Look for them on tour with U2 in the spring.