Album: The Kooks, Konk (Virgin)
Kookin' on gas? Just konked out, more like
Sunday 13 April 2008
"Don't heap this praise on me," sings Luke Pritchard (on "Gap"). "I don't deserve it." It's generous of him to offer his permission to withhold praise, but we'd have gone ahead anyway.
'Konk', the second album from the stage school numbskulls, will sell more than their debut, because there are clearly a lot of CD consumers about whose favourite 90s band was Dodgy. Pritchard's revolting warbly voice and grotesque glottal stops, and his bandmates' bloody awful busker rock are nauseating enough at the best of times, but when he enquires "Do you wanna make love to me", you marvel at V2's cruelty in not providing a complimentary sickbag. The Kooks, completely undeserving of the beautiful Bowie song from which they take their name, are a band with no poetry in their souls, nothing to say that isn't a cliché and no tune that doesn't go exactly where you expect it to. Their very existence makes you wonder whether we've angered some vengeful deity who's decided that, no, one Razorlight isn't enough, and that 'Konk' consists of another dozen slices of sunny, strummy slop custom made for airplay on daytime radio. Horrible, horrible, horrible.
Pick of the Album: Some quite nice guitar work, I suppose: 'Sway'
Review: Imaginative storytelling returns with vigourfilm
Bannatyne leaves Dragon's DenTV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Stephen Fry ‘criticises Operation Yewtree in dinner party rant’ calling for tougher laws to deter false sex abuse allegations
- 2 Why I'm on the brink of burning my Israeli passport
- 3 Israel-Gaza conflict: ‘Sderot cinema’ image shows Israelis with popcorn and chairs 'cheering as missiles strike Palestinian targets'
- 4 War is war: Why I stand with Israel
- 5 Blackest is the new black: Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
War is war: Why I stand with Israel
7/7 memorial defaced on anniversary of 2005 attacks with ‘Blair lied thousands died’ graffiti
Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
Socialist Worker called to apologise over ‘vile’ article saying Eton schoolboy Horatio Chapple's death is ‘reason to save the polar bears’