The Kooks is an excellent indie-rock band from the UK, and after a very nice debut album (2006’s “Inside In/Inside Out”) came the band’s second album, 2008’s “Konk”, which really proved to be a majestic release for the band. This EP brings one of that album’s songs, along with other goodies.
“Always Where I Need To be” (5 tracks; 15 min.) starts off with the title track, which was released as a single in the UK. It is an irresistible sing-along, dance-along track which typifies the Kooks. Then comes the same song but as “NRK P3 Acoustic Session”, and it’s just Luke Pritchard and acoustic guitar. Then follow three more non-album tracks from the “Konk” sessions. First there is the fine “Walk Away”, straddling between pensive yet hard-charging. It is followed by “Always Free”, also nice but non-essential. This EP (or perhaps more accurately: maxi-single) closes with an irreverent “Mrs. Thompson”, a quick little acoustic tune. In all, this maxi-single is geared towards the Kooks super-fan who must simple have all of their music. Best track on here is “Walk Away”, which truly is the only must-have song. The rest is nice but non-essential.
I've had the good fortune of seeing the Kooks in concert a number of time during their heydays in 2008-09, including a memorable "in-store" performance at my local indie-record store here in Cincinnati. Where have the days gone!