Saturday, October 27, 2012

#98: The Kooks- Inside In/Inside Out (2006)

It's amazing to me that bands like this exist and somehow they aren't well known in the states. Englishman Luke Pritchard's lead vocals are distinct and blend perfectly with their style of indie rock. Their songs are incredibly catchy, fun to sing along with, and bursting with energy.

Ooh La
Their sound is similar to the Arctic Monkeys, which really isn't completely true. The Kooks are a little more pop and a little less intense.This song features acoustic riffs with big drums, it flows from one thought to another seamlessly. It's a song dedicated to the late model Audrey Lindvall.

She Moves in Her Own Way
It's the first track I had ever heard by the Kooks and it's also the best track on the album. If you've never heard the Kooks, I highly recommend checking out this track. They've got such a unique sound and it's framed perfectly here, Pritchard's vocals really carry the song, but the guitars are ridiculously catchy and the drums are right on point. It's their biggest hit to date for good reason.

The intro has the coolest guitar part on the album. This song feels like it's more of a group effort than the rest of the tracks. The drums play an integral part as does the bass, it's a much more complete feel. The only negative thing I can about this album is that the songs sounds like their written on the guitar and then adapted for a group setting. This song defies that - making it the best track on the album.

All in all, it's a really good album. I'm ashamed to say this is the only Kooks album I've heard but after listening to it again - I just may have to go out and grab another.

Tomorrow's album: Bob Dylan's Bringing it All Back Home.

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