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The Kooks - Inside In/Inside Out

The Kooks, Inside In/Inside Out

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 4 out of 5

BRIGHTON four-piece The Kooks have delivered a genuinely catchy debut album with Inside In/Inside Out, a short and snappy collection of warm melodies and infectious hooks.

Having burst onto the scene last year with their single, Eddie’s Gun (which was hailed by the NME as ‘deeply impressive’), The Kooks have continued to grow in stature with follow-ups, Sofa Song and You Don’t Love Me.

The album furthers the feel-good vibe surrounding them and is positively brimming with energy.

Highlights include the terrifically breezy She Moves In Her Own Way, with its endearing ‘uh-oh’ chorus and excellent guitar riffs.

And Naive, which boasts a particularly melodic chorus that is sure to melt the hardest heart.

If you’re looking to make comparisons, then The Kooks are probably cut from the same cloth as the equally breezy Hot Hot Heat, although Luke Pritchard’s gleeful pop melodies are slightly more mainstream.

Eddie’s Gun is a familiar favourite that’s guaranteed to have you bouncing around the living room thanks to its hyper guitar riffs and clap-happy beats.

While Ooh-La harks back to classic guitar rock, albeit with an indie sensibility.

There is even evidence of the band’s ability to grow in the future.

Album opener, Seaside is a very mellow acoustic ballad that’s easy to fall in love with, while closing track, Got No Love brims with confidence, slow-building its way to its emotional chorus amid Pritchard’s aching vocals and some really subtle guitar riffs.

Inside In/Inside Out is therefore an excellent debut effort that walks a satisfying line between heartbreak and lust, happiness and melancholy that suggests The Kooks are very much here to stay!

Track listing:
1. Seaside
2. See The World
3. Sofa Song
4. Eddie’s Gun
5. Ooh La
6. You Don’t Love Me
7. She Moves In Her Own Way
8. Matchbox
9. Naive
10. I Want You Back
11. If Only
12. Jackie Big Tits
13. Time Awaits
14. Got No Love