Picks and Pans Review: Kings of Leon

updated 10/13/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/13/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Only by the Night

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After last year's disappointing Because of the Times, Kings of Leon rule again on their fourth album. They turn up the heat with "Sex on Fire," a testosterone-fueled rocker that provides the highlight. Another standout track, the slow-grinding "I Want You," keeps the desire burning, while moody, bluesy ballads like "Use Somebody" show that they can think—and feel—above the crotch.

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