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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 (8 Sep 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin EMI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 150 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Around Town
2. Forgive & Forget
3. Westside
4. See Me Now
5. It Was London
6. Bad Habit
7. Down
8. Dreams
9. Are We Electric
10. Sunrise
11. Sweet Emotion

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The Kooks release their eagerly anticipated new album ‘Listen’, produced by Luke Pritchard and young hip hop pioneer Inflo. It showcases a new direction and sound for the multi-platinum selling UK act.

‘Listen’ is made up of 11 tracks with highlights including, the street smart garage rock of ‘Bad Habit’, the powerful and haunting ‘See Me Now’ and the incandescent joy of ‘Are We Electric’.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Different not worse 10 Sep 2014
Format:Audio CD
Like most albums I find that I have to listen to it several times before I can truly judge an album. Every time I listened to it I liked it more and more. It is different, but that isn't a bad thing, I love their older stuff but if bands don't change their sound then they become bland and repetitive. 'Listen' still has the recognizable Kooks, riffs, hooks and catchy chorus' but they have also infused Funk and even some Gospel into the classic Indie that of their former albums.
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I'm torn. I want to really like this album but it just doesn't QUITE cut it for me. I've only had 2 listen throughs so far. I gotta say, I like this album, it's good but it just doesn't feel right for the Kooks, it's very "pop" and that's not the reason I love the Kooks. None of the songs with an exception of 1 or 2 seem to strike me as hard as some of their old stuff.

Overall... better then Junk Of The Heart. Nothing on the first 2.
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By D.Bolt
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First impressions from a massive fan of the kooks, nothing like there older materials, some tracks seem very flat, must be going through a very sad time in his life, sounding more and more like morrissey as the album goes on, the pop a lively track, odd collection on tunes, the days of naive, she moves in her own way etc are long gone, sad really as this band had so much potential, sort it out lads! If there was a 2 and a half star option I would of chose that
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4.0 out of 5 stars Back to life 9 Sep 2014
By Nse Ette - Published on
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UK quartet The Kooks sound almost like a new band on album number four, "Listen", produced by Inflo who brings his Hip Hop touch to the musical smörgåsbord. Opening track "Around Town" juxtaposes choral flourishes of "Oh yeah!" with skittery beats. "Forgive & Forget" starts off twangy and acoustic before settling into a funky groove reminiscent of INXS.

"Westside" is a lovely midtempo number with delicious guitar flicks, tinkling percussion, and a martial beat break. "See Me Now" is a tender piano ballad directed at lead singer Luke Pritchard's dad who died when he was very young. "If you could see me now, if you could see my smile, see your little boy, would you be proud?" he sings as the music and harmonies swell around him. "Well I've been a lot of places, I learned to tie my own tie too" he ends affectingly.

"It Was In London" is a retro-sounding rocker with lyrics touching on the riots with squealing guitars. Similar is the wickedly catchy "Bad Habit". This album marks the debut of new drummer Alexis Nunez and especially on this pair, he shines.

Everything stands out really; "Down" laces handclaps to an almost skeletal groove with just the right sprinkling of melody, "Dreams" is acoustic loveliness perfectly showcasing Pritchard's winsome vocals, "Are We Electric" is euphoric shimmery Pop, the hand clap-driven "Sunrise" has a Latin lilt with rich percussion, while closing cut "Sweet Emotion" finds Pritchard alternating between a soft falsetto and his regular raggedy yelp, and has a lovely Jazzy piano coda.

A lot of work and heart went into this album. You can still hear traces of the band that gave us "Naive" and "She Moves In Her Own Way", but for the most part they sound rejuvenated and full of ideas. "Listen" should get more people to do just that and take them more seriously too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Kooks get a new jolt of energy... Welcome back! 9 Sep 2014
By Paul Allaer - Published on
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British band the Kooks used to be once of my favorite bands, period, after they released a very nice debut album (2006's "Inside In/Outside Out") and an even better follow-up (2008's "Konk", which I had in my top 5 of the best albums of that year). Then, inexplicably, vocalist/guitarist Luke Pritchard and his band mates lost the plot. After a long wait came the band's 3rd album, the uneven and ultimately much-maligned "Junk of the Heart" (from 2011). The band seemed to realize that they needed a new jolt, and after another long time away, earlier this year released an okay EP called "Down" as a preview of the upcoming album (and 1st UK single). Now comes the band's 4th studio album.

On "Listen" (11 tracks; 40 min.), the band hired London hip-hop producer Inflo, who co-writes all of the songs on here with Pritchard, and this results in an unexpected but welcome departure from the band's tired-sounding "Junk of the Heart". The album kicks off with "Around Town" (2nd UK single), an eclectic mix of soul and pop, sounding great. "Forgive & Forget" (3rd UK single) continues the upbeat sound, with some electronic elements. The new level of energy, completely absent on "Junk", is infectious. "Westside" is a more 'traditional' Kooks tune. "It Was London" sounds out the first half of the album, which I rate 4..5 stars. In the second half, we find more bits and pieces of Inflo's influence, but frankly speaking I wish he'd insisted on even more of it. The best of Side B is "Are We Electric" (not to be confused with Gary Numan's "Are 'Friends' Electric"). After a nice "Sunrise", the album closes out the pensive "Sweet Emotion" (no, not a cover of the Aerosmith song). I rate the second half of the album 3.5 stars.

In all, Inflo has provided a much needed jolt to the Kooks. This band is back! "Listen" is MILES better than "Junk of the Heart". I've had the good fortune of seeing the Kooks in concert a number of times (including a now legendary in-store performance in 2009 at my local independent record store here in Cincinnati), and I can only hope they will come to the US in support of the new album. Meanwhile, whether you are a longtime fan of the Kooks, or just finding out about them, "Listen" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
5.0 out of 5 stars This album is fresh. Songwriting has progressed significantly. ... 14 Sep 2014
By Scott - Published on
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This album is fresh. Songwriting has progressed significantly. Outstanding from start to finish.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 16 Sep 2014
By Michael Watts - Published on
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Great album, i can actually listen to all the songs without skipping.
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