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Junk Of The Heart [CD]

The Kooks Audio CD
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“It’s a word that looks and sounds beautiful,” says Luke Pritchard. “I love the roundness of it, the simplicity of it.” The word the Kooks singer is extolling is “Listen” – which also happens to be the title of the band’s new album. Luke’s reasons for choosing that title become clear the moment you dive into the new record – as ... Read more in Amazon's The Kooks Store

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  • Audio CD (12 Sep 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B0053FP1PQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,581 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Junk of the Heart (Happy)
2. How'd You Like That
3. Rosie
4. Taking Pictures of You
5. Fuck The World Off
6. Time Above The Earth
7. Runaway
8. Is It Me
9. Killing Me
10. Petulia
11. Eskimo Kiss
12. Mr. Nice Guy

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Written by The Kooks, produced by Tony Hoffer (Beck, Air, Belle & Sebastian), and recorded in The Sound Factory (Los Angeles) and Sarm Studios (London), the band's third album sees them consolidating their position as a bona fide album band with trademark breeziness and catchy hooks. Kicking off with a dramatic breakbeat, the opening track builds across acoustic guitar and warm washes of synth before collapsing into a chorus you'll be singing for days. It shows, that despite the change in their influences, the band still have a firm grasp on how to write killer hooks and pop songs without compare.

BBC Review

The Kooks' 2006 debut LP, Inside In/Inside Out, has sold an outstanding two million copies; their 2008 follow-up Konk entered the charts at the top, taking the number one spot from Duffy. There's little doubt, however, that time has diluted the effectiveness of Luke Pritchard's once attractively fey yet laddish squawk. While common sentiment in a song can still paralyse the purse-strings, The Kooks' gormless image and strained ambiguities now feel even more cynical.

Junk of the Heart seems to want to transport The Kooks into adulthood, but it doesn't know how. It's certainly not through the lyrics - the obvious tack - because Pritchard's lazy, nasal SATs-level similes are more gloryless than ever. "Eskimo Kiss"' bewildering "She's like the rose without a thorn / She's like the sunflower that never looks back at the sun" offers the vision of a frontman desperately picking at half-rhymes to impress the teacher, more than anything else.

The Kooks' best singles had vigour, silliness and gold-standard choruses, but there's none of that here. "Time Above the Earth" is admirably futile and literal, detailing "a thousand thoughts flashing through my brain" mid-air on a flight, barely luxuriating in a tiny bath of pizzicato strings. Runaway aims briefly at the electric excitement of Mystery Jets' second album before drowning in a mire of ska and Liam Gallagher-style mic-assaulting.

The highlights are "Is It Me"'s turbo-charged janglepop, and the jaunty and light 80s lounge-pop introduction of "Killing Me", which quickly descends into X Factor Winning Song territory with the immortal line, "I know you didn't mean to creep into my dreams". Any hint at excitement on this album is quickly picked up on and thrown away, in favour of keeping the 'serious band' hook consistent. Mr. Nice Guy pickpockets David Bowie's Let's Dance, which certainly sounds like a band having a good time, but quickly becomes the opposite of fun.

There's very little drive in Junk of the Heart, just a messy selection of meandering verses that surely can't be the product of three years' work. The misspelt words of the liner notes say it all, and quite why The Kooks' terrible lyrics are showcased here at all is a wonder - it's patronising even to loyal Kooks fans, surely. While token strings cut in on "Runaway" - and the leather jackets have been replaced by a more current double-denim look in the sleeve's band shots - it seems that whoever had faith in this record had taken shelter long before its tracklisting made the final cut.

--Natalie Shaw

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Album of their careers 23 May 2013
By DPVC
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The Kooks have been off the radar, and don't deserve to be. Each album has been melodiously beautiful, and this, their third opus, is a particular favourite of mine. The added strings is a nice touch, but its the song writing that really wins here (lyrics are instantly singable and you can't help but sing along).
The Kooks probably suffered for the fact that there were a lot of British indie guitar groups and they may well be a one trick band. But it's one trick that they do spectacularly well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 3 crackers in a row! 17 April 2012
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I can't recommend the kooks highly enough, and with this third album they've definately kept the ball rolling.The tracks are just as catchy as ever and will have you whistling along almost immediately ( I know I was ) don't know what more you could want for a fiver !! Enjoy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good album- long time coming! 17 Oct 2011
By fussy25
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Good album but has been a long time coming!

Am not as keen on this one as I was on 'inside in/Inside out' or 'Konk'- seems a bit heavier but still glad to hear new stuff!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ok but a tad bland 19 Jun 2014
Format:Audio CD
Definitely the weakest album out of 3. Inside In Inside Out being the best, followed by a good second album however Junk Of The Heart just seems quite bland and middle of the road compared to their first 2 albums. I just couldn't get into it and I did try. I'll give their next album a try but if its anything like this blandness I will be disappointed. All bands are allowed a bad album, lets hope The Kooks got this one out of their system now. While this is not a bad album, its just not a good album either.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 3 Jun 2014
By Raelle
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
Obviously I LOVE the music and the vinyl arrived in perfect condition, the cover not even having a slight crease to it. Brilliant sound.
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3.0 out of 5 stars ok 29 May 2014
By Butcher
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
As expected - wish I didn't HAVE to write a set number of words as a review tho its annoying
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bargain 11 Feb 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
At times maybe a little too "poppy" for some tastes but at the price and for the variety in the music I think it's an absolute steal!
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5.0 out of 5 stars 3 great albums 6 Jan 2014
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The Kooks have got 3 really good albums, this one is brilliant, only track that I don6't like off this one is Runaway, but I love all the others, Eskimo Kiss, Rosie, Junk Of The Heart (Happy) and Killing Me are my definte favourites.
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