The Kooks
Inside In/Inside Out


4.0
excellent

Review

by Arjun USER (19 Reviews)
March 16th, 2007 | 16 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Expect big things from The Kooks in the future. For now, take this as a sign of intent.

The Kooks have balls. Call it the brazenness of youth, or Brighton, there's no denying that Luke Pritchard (please, please refrain from Star Trek jokes) and his just out of jumpers band of merry men... boys, are a confident bunch. Inside In/Inside Out is more than just a debut album for The Kooks. It's the sign of big things to come from a band that has already sold over 1.5 million copies of a record that was released just over a year ago.

Frankly, the UK is just bursting at the seams with a wave of new, post-Britpop, not-Coldplay bands. The View, The Fratellis, The Horrors - all ascribing to an urban sensibility with the disclaimer of heavy accents, FOUR-chord riffs and enough innuendo for you to maintain your very own dictionary of metaphors and narratives. And where one band becomes 'cliche', another becomes 'revival'. It's a confusing scene that could do with a little shake-up once in a while. The Kooks manage to fulfill that seemingly light ask with a Supergrass-esque panache that one wouldn't necessarily expect from a band this young.

Where this south-England quartet manage to make a mark is the discerning ear with which they write their music. Acoustic entrances coupled with pre-13-Blur-ish melodies are, though somewhat derivative, surprisingly refreshing when Pritchard's enthusiastic swagger is added to the concoction. The album opener, Seaside, is a wonderful acoustic piece and influences the way the rest of the album is going to be heard in a way not many Track No.1's are able to. With Seaside The Kooks lay their cards flat on the table and deliver an loud announcement of intent that's confident and strong.

Pritchard doesn't have the stylish swagger of his counterparts and may be guilty of being a little conservative. It's pleasantly ironical given that the statement he intends to make is anything but. The only track where he really lets go is the terribly infectious If Only which is also the best song on this brisk dash of an album. Jackie Big Tits follows, and though the title may reflect an exaggerated juvenility, the track is one of the best on the record.

The band is not afraid to experiment. They liberally throw in reggae melodies to their pop-rock hooks, giving them another facet of personality that is strangely unique. However, there is a lot that the band needs to give attention to as well. Though the direction they have taken is fairly exciting, their enthusiasm betrays them on occasions. Their biggest single Naive is a poor imitation of an Alex Band/Carlos Santana single and is plain pop with an unimaginative riff; absolutely no indication of what the band is about. The lyrics department could also do with a little help. Songs like the floaty Got No Love, though clearly well thought out in terms of their instrumental execution, leave much to be desired in terms of wordplay. These signs, though few and far between, promise better delivery on what will undoubtedly be a mature sophomore release.

Forgive The Kooks for whatever little misplaced exuberance they display. Every once in a while there stumbles a band that either knowingly, or blindly, swims against the current, and if just for that ladies and gentlemen, give The Kooks 40 minutes of your time.



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trustxdialect
March 16th 2007


1502 Comments


Comes off a little fanboyish, but otherwise nice work. I don't think I'd like this, but good review nonetheless.

But, uh?
[quote=the review]It's the sign of big things to come from a band that has already sold over 1.5 million copies of a record that was released less than two months ago.[/quote]
[quote= info]Release Date: 01/23/2006[/quote]

paperslut
March 16th 2007


54 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Damn! Must've got mixed up with another review I was editing. Fixed.
I was going for 'astutely-casual observer', lol. Thin line.

Abaddon2005
March 16th 2007


684 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Nice review, but this band's sound is pretty boring. Very plain indie pop.

El_Goodo
March 17th 2007


1008 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I love this band...they were a featured artist at hmv I downloaded you don't love me, then bought the album a few days later I Listen to it frequently. She Moves In Her Own Way is a really great song, Time Awaits is about the only song that isn't about a 4/5 song.

RandyfromPennywise
May 12th 2007


752 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Good review. The Kooks are damn awesome right now. Naïve is one of the best Indie songs of the decade. Pretty much, the first seven songs are all awesome as well.

/approved reviewer comments. This Message Edited On 05.12.07

DrunkenThird
May 27th 2007


20 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Boring band

Get a 2 for naive

2


Knoxvillelives
August 10th 2007


342 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A really good debut. Just really good song writers really. Their music school background shows, they use some interesting chords and to me sound a little like a 'better off' Libertines and I reckon they've got a few pop classics to come

Confessed2005
August 27th 2007


3314 Comments


They're rather irritating and not that interesting I think.

BattleOfSerenity
January 9th 2008


186 Comments


To put it simply...
lol
They are a novelty.
Be honest.

aguzman
April 15th 2008


62 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

When you listen the album, is so repetitive, that it bores you

IanBandeau
July 23rd 2008


45 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

On first listen, this is pretty damn good.

But some of it tends to get boring, and I wouldn't be surprised if the whole album starts to bore me after a while.This Message Edited On 07.23.08

TheOrangeSquiggle
September 7th 2008


3 Comments


The album was pretty good. Although it took me a while to get into. Also, after a while Luke's vocals just become annoying.

My favourite songs were Ooh La, Matchbox and Eddie's Gun.

Seaside was pretty sweet too.

Overall I giv it 3.5, for a fun listen (:





timothyzha
September 7th 2008


23 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nice review, but no mention of ooh la or sofa song?

royscoop19
March 22nd 2010


137 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Get's tired very quickly and Luke Pritchard's mockney voice is annoying.

I'll be generous though, good debut.



BigPoppaDiesel
January 31st 2011


150 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good review. pretty good album.

toxin.
August 6th 2011


12604 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Kind of your typical, pleasant Indie album. I like it.



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