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  • Audio CD (14 April 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B0010YOJNO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,238 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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.

BBC Review

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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Format: Audio CD
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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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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It's the not the kind of music I'd ordinarily listen to but good songs are good songs. This album is packed with them. It's really, really good. And that caught me as a massive surprise upon first hearing it. I still hate skinny jeans though.
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By Brit Boy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 April 2015
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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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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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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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By AlanMusicMan TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 April 2008
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The Kooks are here to stay. I never thought, after the first album, they would be. But here's the proof. The first album was three or four stand out tracks with "some others" - but this album is almost all gold.

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.
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'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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