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Konk features twelve tracks. Theres Gap which is classic Kooks, and Shine On which finds Luke exploring hitherto unchartered lyrical territory over the loveliest of melodies. Its destined to become another lynchpin in The Kooks live set. First single Always Where I Need To Be is a tumbling rocker with a do-do-do, do-do-do-do refrain that might just be the catchiest thing theyve ever done. Sway and Mr Maker are other album highlights.
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The first few times I listened to it, only 2 or 3 songs grabbed me and luckily I didn't write my review then. The album sounded more restrained and not as immediate (it still is) than their debut but it's grown on me.
Lead vocalist Luke Pritchard has a distinctive yelp of a voice which I quite like. The brilliant stomping dance/rock "Do you wanna" (with nice shimmery synths) reminds one of Franz Ferdinand and gets me bopping (his wailing at the end is priceless).
Things are definitely calmer and slower this time around, and they've mostly ditched the Ska influences which I loved. Despite this, the gentle "Gap" (with a groovy bassline) is another standout, as is the sunny clap-filled "Mr Maker" (which could fit into their debut).
Other good songs are the swaying "Stormy weather", the jangly ballad "Sway" (excellent guitar work, reminds me a bit of "I want you back"), the swinging but gentle retro sounding "Shine on", the bouncy faintly Ska-tinged "Down to the market", the acoustic "One last time" (with awesome howling for a chorus, another favourite of mine), the Folk-ish clowning around of "Tick of time" (with a Ska feel), and the hidden acoustic ballad "All over town".
I'm glad I gave this CD another chance as I was pleasantly surprised by its charm. This should prove just or almost as successful as their debut (it hit #1 in the UK). Looking forward to album #3.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The kooks were a band that immediately grabbed me as soon as I heard the first song that I can distinctly remember by them. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ian
Great Brit-flavoured rock (see what I did there?). If you like The Fratellis, Arctic Monkeys, Oasis, etc., you will probably dig these guys. I love the singer's accent. Read morePublished 6 months ago by James
Album starts out strong with songs like Mr. Maker and Do You Wanna, fades out in the middle until it hits the low of Shine On, then slowly picks up until the album is over with. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Cameron Michael Pickrel
Great listen. Melodic harmonies and easy listening with subtle solos.Published 15 months ago by John S.
I only review the things I love. I have listened to this album now for 3 months. Incredible. The Kooks never cease to simply bring me joy. I love it. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Joshua Ballard