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on 19 April 2008
In my opinion, Rak is brilliant. I've listened to it more than Konk infact, I was just amazed at how the Kooks have progressed and how they are experimenting with some really different sounds.. if it weren't for Luke's voice on a couple of tracks you would never guess it was them, they've really broadened their sound on this cd.

Shows this band have really got talent, so DEFINITELY go for the double cd version.
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on 23 April 2008
this is a great album, almost living up the the greatness of the kooks's first album. All the songs are catchy and well written, my favourite have to be Mr Maker, stormy weather and shine on, recommended for people who haven't listened to the kooks before, and also for their previous fans
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on 27 April 2008
This album is ok, strangely on my first listen I (thought I) instantly loved it, but the more I listen to it the more often I find myself skipping through tracks. Track 1 is perhaps the best, a number of others (maybe even the whole second half of the album) are pretty bland and are second rate versions of tracks off the first album. Plus Luke's voice begins to grate after a while. I've no doubt I'll give it more of a chance yet but I'll do that at the risk of becoming even more bored with it. Finally I can't see myself still listening to this in a year's time, whereas, thanks to 'Konk'(which is possibly the best thing about the album), I've rediscovered their first album and have found myself listening to it all over again.
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on 22 December 2008
The Kooks always had a tough task. After the hit of their debut and how it saturated the market, the follow up was always running the risk of being quickly dismissed as much of the same. The album needed to maintain the same happy, optimistic, youthful vibe but add some new dimension. Unfortunately they forgot the last part, I listen to this album and feel all the tracks were on the previous release. Nothing really wrong with that, but I like to see progression in an artist.

The album starts with four tracks that all could have been singles, and may have been. I think that is my point, "See The Sun", "Always Where I Need To Be", "Mr Maker" and "Do You Wanna" are all pretty samey, nevertheless good, and merge into one Kooks track. By the time "Gap" appears, sounding suspiciously like "Match Box" of the debut, the listener has lost a bit of interest and it becomes a background album.

I don't particularly think that the album is as good as the previous it feels like their best has been spent and this is an attempt to eek out one more samey album. They have their formula and they are sticking to it, good for them but for me it shows a lack of creativity and is rather disappointing. A band that stays in the comfort zone is a rather dull and unimaginative beast that normally doesn't have much of a future.

*** like: Kooks of old, The Thrills ***
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 1 April 2015
After the huge success of their 2006 debut Inside In/Inside Out, indie-pop band The Kooks followed it up two years later with 'Konk'. Now, as their first album was one of my most favourite releases for a very long time, I'll always consider it as better. However, that said, I can see that the song writing here was more mature and developed. It spawned one big hit, 'Shine On', and two minor, 'Shine On' and 'Sway'.

A second album can be often difficult, particularly when the first was so successful and well-received, but these guys gave the public a solid one with 'Konk'. The same happy vibe of upbeat optimism is apparent throughout, and so their fan base was never going to be divided. Luke Pritchard's vocals are also very impressive.

The album has many good moments, including the catchy 'Mr. Maker' and 'Always Where I Need to Be', but my personal favourite song is 'One Last Time', an almost heart-breaking tale of lost love that most of us will be able too relate to, and I know that I sure-has-hell can. In many ways 'Konk' is an almost perfect album from a band that just know how to make uplifting music that never seems to grow old. It'll never be an 'Inside In/Inside Out' as far as I'm concerned, but it's still an album I highly recommend to all lovers of the first, and indie-pop fans in general.
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on 6 January 2010
After their massive debut album 'Inside In/Inside out', The Kooks always had a job on their hands to emulate the success of their first release. I was thoroughly impressed with this offering so was naturally eagerly anticipating 'Konk'. On first listening I wasn't blown away by it, but having listened to it a few times I can appreciate how good it actually is. In response to a few negative reviews I've seen on here saying 'they've blown it etc' - I strongly disagree. Yes, it's not as good as 'Inside In/Inside Out', but that was never likely to happen - but 'they've blown it'? I think not. This album still has more than enough good songs to maintain The Kooks high reputation. Personal favourites include 'Gap' - in my opinion a return to the easy listening tracks of the first album, the edgier 'Sway' and the sensitive 'One last time'.

In summary, it's well worth a buy for any Kooks fan. Apart from a few songs the album has a very upbeat, happy feel to it, which is infectious. Not as good as 'Inside In/Inside out, but certainly a very good album nonetheless.
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VINE VOICEon 16 April 2009
I was a little put off by the negative reviews on here but whilst on a long flight recently I decided to give Konk a whirl. I really isn't bad! If you like the singles you'll like the album, simple as. It's not a few good songs and the rest is pap.
Perhaps I'm wrong but the thing I find with The Kooks is that they're a pub band - I just don't see their music getting played at a huge festival somewhere and sounding good. In a small sweaty pub, excellent though! Don't think this is a bad thing though.
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on 13 June 2014
The Kooks second album is a solid follow-up to their highly promising debut 'Inside In/Inside Out' and, although there appears to be no real progression in the material delivered here, the band are tight and riff-driven in much the same way that 'Supergrass' were back in the mid-1990s. Luke Pritchard, who writes most of the songs, is clearly talented; this album is definitely worth investing especially at the highly competitive price of under £1!!
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on 19 April 2008
'Rak' is very good, i'm even tempted to say that it's better than Konk itself. On a few of the former's tracks Luke Pritchard doesn't sing but rather the lead guitarist Hugh. His voice has much more depth than Pritchard and makes for some amazingly emotive and deep songs. I think that Watching The Ships Roll In and No Longer are truly fantastic and much better than anything on Konk. These two tracks are worth the £12.95 or whatever it is that the album costs, and are definitely good enough to warrant buying the limited edition copy rather than the normal version.

Trust me, the progression of the band and the use of Hugh's amazing voice is something definitely worth listening to.
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on 28 April 2008
Listening to it now.

Very good, worth getting the special edition if you are gonna buy the album at all.
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