Album: The Kooks, Junk Of The Heart (Virgin)
Friday 09 September 2011
Some bands were born to reinvent themselves anew with each album, and some were born to plough the same old furrow forever.
The Kooks' problem is that they mistakenly believe they come from the Blur side of that divide, rather than the Oasis. For Junk of the Heart, Luke Pritchard deliberately abandoned the collective approach of previous albums, in favour of sketching out songs beforehand on producer Tony Hoffer's laptop. The result is a series of half-formed, indifferently performed tracks on which even gifted guitarist Hugh Harris struggles to locate the inspired touches that made Konk so impressive. Neither the acoustic plaint "Petulia" nor the string accompaniment to "Time Above the Earth" broadens their reach as much as they'd hope, and among the mostly trivial irritations elsewhere, the positives are fairly meagre, restricted to the bland enthusiasm of the single "Is It Me".
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