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Luke Pritchard (vocals/guitar), Hugh Harris (guitar), Max Rafferty (bass), and Paul Garred (drums) generate the rubbishy garage rock sounds of the Kooks. Named after the song on David Bowie’s Hunky Dory, the Kooks met while attending Brighton Music College in the mid-2000s. Each shared a liking for the Police, the Strokes, the Everly Brothers, and Funkadelic, and the bandmates began ... Read more in Amazon's The Kooks Store

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  • Audio CD (September 13, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Astralwerks
  • ASIN: B0053FP1PQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,061 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Junk Of The Heart (Happy) 3:07
2. How'd You Like That 3:15
3. Rosie 3:11
4. Taking Pictures Of You 2:42
5. F**k The World Off 2:52
6. Time Above The Earth 1:54
7. Runaway 3:00
8. Is It Me 3:30
9. Killing Me 3:25
10. Petulia 2:42
11. Eskimo Kiss 3:34
12. Mr. Nice Guy 2:40

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2011 release, the third album from the British Alt-Rock band. Written by The Kooks, produced by Tony Hoffer (Beck, Air, Belle & Sebastian), and recorded in The Sound Factory (Los Angeles) and Sarm Studios (London), Junk Of The Heart sees them consolidating their position as a bona fide album band with trademark breeziness and catchy hooks. Kicking off with a dramatic breakbeat, the opening track builds across acoustic guitar and warm washes of synth before collapsing into a chorus you'll be singing for days. It shows, that despite the change in their influences, the band still have a firm grasp on how to write killer hooks and pop songs without compare.

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Sorry for the bad review but it's the truth.
Average guy
Luke's voice is great as ever, so is Hugh's savvy guitar playing--and tasteful string arranging on this one.
Tanuki
It's got great songs and a great story... But I can't say it's my favorite of the Kooks albums.
joshweidy

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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Loudon on September 22, 2011
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Better known in their home country of England than they are in the United States, The Kooks debut record, "Inside In/Inside Out" was released in October 2006 in the U.S., 10 months after its initial release in the U.K.

With tracks like "Naïve" and "She Moves in Her Own Way" receiving a decent amount of radio play on independent stations across the United States, The Kooks developed a decent following, but did little to set themselves apart from the vast sea of bands with a similar musical formula like Kaiser Chiefs and Arctic Monkeys.

After their second record, 2008's "Konk," was released, The Kooks ended up taking some time off, in part due to the departure of bassist Max Rafferty. Fortunately for The Kooks, this may have been what saved them. Around the same time of The Kooks' hiatus, most of their competition began to deviate from their established successful formulas into more experimental territory.

Kaiser Chiefs began to focus more on danceable beats, Arctic Monkeys teamed up with Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme for a full makeover and seemingly countless British bands followed suit with new, uncharted paths.

While these bands all attempt to regain the fans they lost during their walkabouts, The Kooks have finally returned with an album that does little to separate itself from their past efforts, much to the delight of fans. That is not to say there is nothing new on this record, however.

Splitting the album in half is "Time Above the Earth," a string quartet driven track tied to The Kooks only by lead singer Luke Pritchard's voice.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By lolable14 on September 14, 2011
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The Kooks never fail to deliver. This album is great, but I have to say it's not their best. Some of their songs sound very generic, like some top 40's pop song. However, a lot of them reminds oneself of why we all love the Kooks. All in all, I'll have to say it's a great purchase :)
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tankery VINE VOICE on November 21, 2011
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Brit pop has really...well not progressed all that much in the last half-decade. This band was destined to be the best of these bands but a sweet tooth production has this band sounding like the Monkeys (but not the Arctic ones...)from years past. If this is the best collection of songs this band has in their studio then well, their audience of teen chicks will be there for awhile and then go to college. This is a lazy uninspired effort of washed out pop tunes that barely grab you. It's truly amazing how many of these Brit bands take themselves so seriously on their 3rd albums that they all sound so self-consciously bad. The Kooks have better in them.
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When pop musicians know what they're doing, they make you happy, and that's the effect the Kooks have on this album. Its hooks, harmonies, and lyrics are all designed to delight. On the title track, Luke Pritchard sings "I wanna make you happy, I wanna make you feel alive," and he means it.

"Junk of the Heart" is the Brighton-based band's third studio album since 2006. Its themes of happiness and love are wrapped in an irresistibly warm sound, but the music isn't precious by any means. These are polished songs from a band that has perfected its writing and playing. While surrounding the lead vocals with the traditional rock triad of guitar, bass, and drums, Pritchard and company add a big palette of sonic effects, percussion, and synthesizers.

Love songs like "Rosie," "Taking Pictures of You," "Petulia," and "Eskimo Kiss" predominate on this collection. Some have great rhythmic drive, some are more vulnerable or confessional, and some, like "Time Above the Earth" have a fragile, ethereal quality that's hard to describe or classify. But not all are so romantic: "F*** the World Off," "Killing Me," and "Mr. Nice Guy" have a harder edge.

The first single, "Is It Me," is actually more formulaic than most of the other songs on the album, bearing a resemblance to Arctic Monkeys and other British groups. Had it been my choice, I would have led with "How'd You Like That" or "Runaway," both of which are catchy as all get out.

The first two Kooks albums, "Inside In / Inside Out" and "Konk," were well received by the press and the public, and "Junk of the Heart" is certain to continue the trend.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nyolls on October 5, 2011
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I was a bit dissapointed with Junk. While every band should mature and evolve with each record, it felt a bit forced on this one. For the most part, gone are the racous guitar riffs and rock songs; in are the strings, horns, synth, keyboards, and love songs. It works pretty well on some songs, but in general just makes some of the songs not feel like Kooks songs at all. Junk of the Heart(Happy), Rosie, and Eskimo Kiss are the most "Kooks sounding" songs on the record, and not coincidentally, are 3 of the strongest 4 songs on the album, the other being Mr. Nice Guy - which is a departure sonically, but is a bit edgier and the synth and piano really work well here. How'd you like that, F**K the world off, Run Away, Is it Me, and Petulia are all good songs that any real Kooks fan will end up liking after a few spins, but certainly are not some of the stronger songs the guys have written. Taking Pictures of You, Time Above the Earth, and Killing Me just do not sound like Kooks songs at all. Taking Pictures sounds like it could be a Maroon 5 song on top 40 radio. Time Above the earth has the potential to be a nice diddy if it were done with an acoustic guitar or straight piano, but the strings really seem forced and just add too many layers. Killing me is just a bad song and has a synth verse peice that makes is sound like Toto's "Africa". It just doesn't belong on the album and I'm not sure what Producer Tony Hoffer was thinking here. If you buy the album in either Europe or the Asia, it comes with 2 bonus tracks: Carried Away and The Saboteur. Carried Away belongs on the record proper and sounds more like a Kooks song than half the songs that made it on the record do. The Saboteur is a hard edge, piano/synth driven tune akin to No More Mr. Nice Guy.Read more ›
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