5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Couple great,couple decent, couple bad songs.,
This review is from: Junk Of The Heart (Audio CD)
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. Really a great song and also would have been a nice addition to the record proper. All in all a decent album, but unless your a really big Kooks fan, you may want to just download the good songs I mentioned above and skip some of the filler. Hopefully they return to more of a guitar driven indie/classic rock sound for their 4'th album.