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Digital Booklet: Konk
Digital Booklet: Konk
April 14th will see the release of `Konk', the eagerly awaited new album from The Kooks. It is their second album, and the follow-up to their hugely successful 2006 debut `Inside In/Inside Out' which sold some two million copies worldwide and spawned massive singles `She Moves In Her Own Way', `You Don't Love Me', `Sofa Song', `Eddie's Gun', `Ooh La' and `Naïve'.
`Konk' was recorded over a six week period at the tail-end of 2007 in Ray Davies' Konk Studios in north London, plus a week at Los Angeles' Sound Factory. The sessions once again united the group with esteemed producer Tony Hoffer (Beck/Air/The Fratellis). Explaining how he came to suggest the album title, guitarist Hugh says, `I just started thinking how cool the studio is, and how much of a part of our sound it is.'
`Konk' features twelve tracks. There's `Gap' which is classic Kooks, and `Shine On' which finds Luke exploring hitherto unchartered lyrical territory over the loveliest of melodies. It's destined to become another lynchpin in The Kooks' live set. First single `Always Where I Need To Be' is a tumbling rocker with a `do-do-do, do-do-do-do' refrain that might just be the catchiest thing they've ever done. `Sway' and `Mr Maker' are other album highlights.
The Kooks release 'Konk' on April 14th on Virgin Records, preceded by their new single `Always Where I Need To Be' on March 31st.
After selling two million copies of the marvellous Inside In, Inside Out, indie poster boys, The Kooks, seem to have succumbed to the curse which has plagued so many musicians. Enjoying huge success and critical acclaim with their debut and becoming festival heroes with their summery anthems, there seemed no end to the band's reign of the hearts of a nation. Well, not until now at least. Yes folks, it may be a cliche, but the Kooks have fallen foul of second album syndrome.
Konk isn't imbued with the sunshiny, carefree sound that its predecessor was infused with. Only the single, Always Where I Need To Be, has the band's signature effervescent quality and bounce about it. The album seems, on the whole, a little contrived with the recycling of old guitar lines and intros. It's almost as if they've said: 'Right, people liked this hook, this line, this intro; let's try and use it again'. To call Konk the sound of complacency is too cruel, but it is the sound of a band who don't seem as enthused and as ready to impress.
There are, however, some shining moments on the album. Mr Maker is a little barnstormer of a track; peppered with hand claps and slide guitar; it is the sound of a band enjoying themselves. Stormy Weather, despite having an intro which sounds like a detuned Sofa Song, is hugely likable with its refrain of ''It feels like love, love, love''. It plods along sweetly and could be the sort of track that you might bop, albeit ironically, to at an indie disco. One Last Time is a lovely piece of balladry but loses credibility somewhat with its rhyme of: ''ABCDEF and G/Reminds me of when we were free''.
Konk is not without its accomplishments, but it lacks the drive and far more importantly, the anthemic qualities of their debut. It's too early to count them out, but they'll need to try harder with album number three. --Kate Sharp
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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.
Shows this band have really got talent, so DEFINITELY go for the double cd version.
I guess it depends what you like, personally I like rhythmic pace variation, engaging but not pretentious lyrics, a range of strong tunes that stick and a band that sounds like they're enjoying doing what they do. This album has all these things - in spades.
Best album I have bought since the Kaisers last year. Like that album I'm sure it will suffer huge radio over-exposure, but that's the fate of all of good pop/rock music I guess.
As can be seen from some of the previous comments, it doesn't appeal to all - but if, like me, you came away from the Foals album needing an Antidote, then this Kooks album is definitely IT.
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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This arrived ahead of time, in v. good condition-the card sleeve was undamaged, and it played finePublished 14 months ago by Caroline