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As the Monkeys would say "Don't believe the Hype"
on 15 September 2006
Heralded as the new kings of Indie, this disappointing debut album sums up all that is bad about the music industry at the moment SAME OLD SAME OLD SAME OLD. I bought into the hype as much as everyone after hearing some rather catchy tunes on the wireless and hurried down to my local record shop on the day of release to purchase it. As soon as i got home, the jacket was flung in the corner and a mad dash was made for the CD player. Some time later i was left confused. No, it can't be. That was pretty poor. i must have something wrong, this is THE KOOKS. *all hail the kooks* remember. Listen to it again you fool. Several listens later i was sure that my musical ear had not deserted me. This was a poor, nay, terrible album. Sure there are the catchy "wash over your head" tunes which have been destroyed by radio overplay and molly coddling by Jo Whiley.
I enjoy music a lot and do get frustrated by musical trends that are banded around and perhaps this have a detrimental effect on the listening of this album. What claims to be an "indie" album (i mean look, they have unkempt hair and look like they don't wash. They pretend that they don't want to be loved by the adoring masses and moan on their records) But what is portrayed as indie, is certainly outie. Now maybe the cynic in me would not allow the enjoyment of the album for this reason. But perhaps it is just because it is rubbish. I think that the second reason is the more prevalent, but the first just stokes the fires that were already burning.
In short, this album is poor, but if you enjoy you outie music then by all means go with it. But in my opinion, any album which has a track called Jackie Big Tits, is certainly not one for me.