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‘Konk’ was recorded over a six week period at the tail-end of 2007 in Ray Davies’ Konk Studios in north London, plus a week at Los Angeles’ Sound Factory. The sessions once again united the group with esteemed producer Tony Hoffer (Beck/Air/The Fratellis). Explaining how he came to suggest the album title, guitarist Hugh says, ‘I just started thinking how cool the studio is, and how much of a part of our sound it is.’

‘Konk’ features twelve tracks. There’s ‘Gap’ which is classic Kooks, and ‘Shine On’ which finds Luke exploring hitherto unchartered lyrical territory over the loveliest of melodies. It’s 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 they’ve ever done. ‘Sway’ and ‘Mr Maker’ are other album highlights.

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Konk, the second album from indie pop starlets The Kooks, will appeal to those who enjoyed the catchier, hookier elements of their best-selling debut Inside In/Inside Out. For the band are more "pop" than "indie" this time around, and Konk is an overt attempt at winning even more chart-topping kudos: and it's not a bad attempt at that. Recorded over a six-week period at the end of 2007 (in Ray Davies' Konk Studios in London), the album's first single "Always Where I Need to Be" is as insouciantly catchy as a contemporary rock band can get, while tracks like opener "See the Sun," and "Mr. Maker", with its infectious hand claps, are equally accessible. There's tougher fare like "Sway", which show the boys can blast it when they want, but the album generally plays it safe, grappling (clumsily in places) with themes of love and sex, and revealing not a great deal of musical or lyrical depth in the process (see "Do You Wanna"). The album runs out of steam towards the end, and though fans of their earlier material will love it, fussier indie fans will probably point their ears towards something less contrived. --Danny McKenna

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. See The Sun
  2. Always Where I Need To Be
  3. Mr. Maker
  4. Do You Wanna
  5. Gap
  6. Love It All
  7. Stormy Weather
  8. Sway
  9. Shine On
  10. Down To the Market
  11. One Last Time
  12. Tick Of Time (+ hidden track `All Over Town')


Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 15, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Astralwerks
  • ASIN: B0010YOJNO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,545 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I'm not gonna lie. Everything the Kooks have done has been done before. They take stride from the Strokes, the White Stripes, and the Hives. At best I can say that Luke is a distinctly unique singer with both a soft croon and an annoying yelp for a voice. He also has british written all over him. Some bands, including the Arctic Monkeys and Kasabian, have attacked the Kooks for their fashion sense and sense of success. Kasabian even said they play songs for girls. I can't completely argue, they are soft and sensitive at points, but at others they are angry brit youths. Inside In/Inside Out was a spotty release, with some brilliant moments and others forgettable. This can be the same, with Konk losing steam at the end, but over half the album is quite impressive. mr. Maker and Gap are the most impressive moments in my mind, but nobody can deny the talent lying behind the Kooks. They won't change the world as the Strokes have just yet, but they are brimming with potential. And they really are quite catchy. And that's good enough for now.
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The Kooks have delivered a great follow up to their impressive debut Inside In/Inside Out. Named after and recorded at the famous studio owned by The Kinks' Ray Davies, they don't re-invent the wheel or try to go for a completely different sound, and it paid off in spades. I have listened to the album about 5 times all the way through and it keeps getting better. The immediate stand outs are: Always Where I Need To Be, Mr. Maker, Do You Wanna, and Sway. These are the songs that will either be singles (always where i need to be already is), or fan favorites. The 2nd tier of songs are: See The Sun, Gap, Love it All, and Tick of Time. These are the songs that are somewhat forgettable the first time through, and then grow on you the more you hear them. There is also a hidden track at the end that is one of the better songs on the album. These guys aren't going to change the world with Konk, but these days, who really is? They write catchy, acoustic driven pop rock songs better than anyone right now and that's what they are all about. With the release of Konk, I hope The Kooks gets more recognition over here in the states than their stellar debut Inside In/Inside Out yielded them. If you loved or liked their first record, go pick this up, listen to it 5 times through, and thank me later. Enjoy.
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I really enjoyed this album, great to get my creative juices flowing before I paint. Or just when I want to unwind after work. I will say it is different from their first album, not as much pop or ska influence in my opinion, still super catchy.My favorite songs from this album were "Sway" and "Love it all". Overall truly enjoyable.
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Let me get this out of the way first; this album isn't as good as their brilliant debut "Inside in/inside out" (nothing here matches "Ooh la", "Naive" or even "I want you back"), but it's still rather good.

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.
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The Kooks are a band which I only found about very recently, and so it was only a few weeks after hearing their phenomenal debut that I was able to hear this brand new album as well. Although Konk comes just a bit short of the quality of The Kooks' first album, there are still plenty of catchy tracks and admirably structured melodies not far from the style of Arctic Monkeys (as another reviewer stated) or Kaiser Chiefs. Some songs on the CD have a somewhat classic rock-reminiscent vibe such as the especially memorable "Mr. Maker", while others are simply straightforward, upbeat pieces lovable for their groove and bouncy lyrics which get stuck in your head in a non-irritating fashion (the track "Do You Wanna" is perhaps the most applicable example of this trait). Overall, this CD is a very commendable altrock release and definitely among my favorite discs of the year thus far. I would rate it somewhere in between 4 and 4 1/2 stars, and would recommend to it to fans of the debut as well as altrock or British rock fans in general.
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