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The Kooks fronted by Luke Pritchard sprung onto the scene with a really interesting indie sound, its chilled out and fun but still surprisingly musical with singalong choruses and excellent musical timing.
The stand out track has to be the awesome Naïve, which sounds great, I have to say I do think Lily Allen's stripped down cover of this is even better as it brings the beauty of the words to life even more.
As well as this classic indie sound we're treated to a number of musical gems, standout tracks include the fun and frolicky 'Sofa Song' which bounces around like Tigger on alcopops, it's a jaunty tune that sums up the band and the album, don't take yourself too seriously and have fun.
'Eddies Gun' rushes along like a Supergrass track, fast and fun, it is melodic, like most of the bands songs and Pritchards distinctive voice shines through, its fairly ordinary, but in a fun way.
'She Moves in her own way' was the song that drew me to this album, beautifully paced, it's a gorgeous summer love song, nice guitars, beautiful vocals and a stunning chorus, this is a great pop song which will still be heard in 20 years time.
'Matchbox' starts with a funky guitar and bass intro and sounds almost like a reggae tune in its lolloping bass, but it works as a nice piece of indie, with a gentle, interesting story.
'Naïve', is a great tune, from the first bar it is funky, Pritchards vocals are stunning and the song just builds into a 3 minute pop song, this and 'She Moves' are clearly the two stand out tracks on the album, classic pop.
'If Only' is a thumping mess of a song, with a catchy chorus and slightly unlistenable lyrics, it doesn't work on so many levels but is worth listening too for the changes in pace and distinctive sound, interesting and well worth a few listens to appreciate it fully.
Overall there are 5 really good tunes on this album, but even the average ones are fun as they are well paced and not too long, this is a promising album, with two absolute classic tunes, hopefully the band can match this in the future. Worth buying for Naïve and She Moves, there will be a couple more songs that definitely catch your attention here.
This is an energetic, youthful album that starts well with 'Seaside' and finishes on a high too, for a first album, its surprisingly assured and has a whole host of singable choruses which will have you coming back to this album again and again.
The album is available in HMV, Amazon and via download, generally you could get a copy for 1p on Marketplace add £2.99 for postage and you've got a real bargain.
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
10. I Want You Back
11. If Only
12. Jackie Big Tits
13. Time Awaits
14. Got No Love
Inside In Inside Out is the debut album by The Kooks. The Brighton based boys are a very unique band that produce their own style of music. This album contains 14 songs that add up to produce one of the greatest debut albums of all time. The songs and my ratings are as follows:
1 - Seaside - A very short very clever song that kicks the album off nicely. It introduces their style of music well and if anything the song could do with being a little longer as it only runs for just under 2 minutes. 8/10
2- See The World - A very unique very typical Kooks song. It's not my favorite but for an album type of song it is very good. 7/10
3 - Sofa Song - This song appears to be quite popular and I can sort of see why. It's a very consistent comfort zone type of song that doesn't give the album anything special but it's alright. 7.5/10
4 - Eddie's Gun - Another song that has proven to be quite popular. Like the Sofa Song it's a very consistent song that doesn't really offer anything special but it's not bad. Easy to listen to. 7.5/10
5 - Ooh La - A pretty original song by the Kooks, one of the better ones on the album and is great to listen to. 8/10
6 - You Don't Love Me - Very lively song that everyone can enjoy, it is at this point you really start to get into the album and it becomes very enjoyable. 8.5/10
7 - She Moves In Her Own Way - What a song! The best on the album. Just the right length . . . words can't describe how good this song is. So brilliant . . so unique. 10/10
8 - Matchbox - A tough act to follow was the previous one but Matchbox has a really good go at it. A terrific song in which they manage to include their band name. A personal favorite of mine. 9/10
9 - Naive - Definately amongst the top three songs on this album. The ninth truly unique song on this album and i enjoy every second of it. 9/10
10 - I Want You Back - Not my favorite song on the album but it is definitely listenable. A pretty average song but i suppose considering the standard of the other songs its made to look worse. 6/10
11 - If Only - Like No.12, a very average song which they maybe could have left out. Still, it is listenable. 6/10
12 - Jackie Big T*ts - A great tune (not because of the title). Some great music, great vocals and great lyrics in this song. It has a well deserved place on this album. One of my favorites. 9/10
13 - Time Awaits - This song is not for me. It's too average for a great album. 5/10
14 - Got No Love - Once again, a very average song made to look worse than it probably actually is because of the other songs on the album. 5/10
Released in 2006, the kooks debut album brought them masses of new followers. Their style attracted more than indie fans, with a rock element to their music appealing to other fans too. This album was a massive hit and certainly made me love the kooks music.
The first track is 'seaside', and introduces the kooks style of music well. Great acoustics here, the guitar work blends well with vocalist Luke pritchard's immensely talented voice. Not their best effort by a long shot in my opinion, but a nice, slow tempo introduces their music without alienating potential fans.
To the second track then, and a massive change in style. This is a real rock track with heavy backing from the drums and guitar. Pritchard's voice is raised over the music but doesn't sound too starined and this is a good listen.
Sofa song hs a real high tempo to it from the start and is certainly something you can get up and dance to. Again, bringing the rock element forwards, this is a great effort from the the kooks. Pritchard's dynamic voice does well with the vocals.
Eddie's gun has a strong loud beat to it and well delivered lyrics. Indie rock is evident here and it is a fantastic track to listen to. Definitely something to rock out to.
'ooh la' is one of the kooks most famous tracks from this album. It has a lovely chorus and is a very catchy tune. I love Pritchard's voice here, and can't see how anybody could dislike this track.
'You don't love me' is one of my favourite tracks of all time. The lyrics are fantastic to listen to, and fantastic vocals deliver it well. This is a well produced track.
'She moves in her own way', is arguably the most well known kooks song and definitely my favourite from this album. I love this song. There are great harmonies in this track. This is real easy listening and great guitar work is evident.
'Match box' has a real indie feel to it. Pritchard's voice again shows it's fantastic potential. Still an elelment of rock here but it's not what I'd describe as a rock track. I also love the lyrics here.
'Naive' is another of the kooks well known tracks. Nice soft start here develops to give more of a rock feel. The lyrics here are great and tracks like this always appeal as they actually tell a story.
'I want you back' has a very slow, laid back start to it where Pritchard is almost whispering. The chrous itself is very rock, and this provides an immensely dynamic track. As the song goes on it builds and builds, where pritchard is whispering in the first verse, he gets a little louder in the second, and so on.
'if only' starts with a quick tempo. Great vocals deliver good lyrics, and this is a song I could listen to all day. It has a strong beat and quick rythmn to it.
'Jackie big tits' is a laid back track with a slow tempo. Easy listening and not too much rock involved in this one. Not one of my favourites.
'Time awaits' has a strange and low introduction, after a minute though you'll be able to rock out to this. Strong backing music here and strong loud vocals as well.
'Got no love' is the last of track of this album. A slow introduction, when the vocals cut in they are impressive (and definitely have tuning effects) but they add to a very slow tempo. Only a 3 minute track, but this one seems to drag a lot. I don't like this last track at all.
Overall this is one of the best album's of recent years. To think this is a debut effort is very impressive, and the group are clearly very talented. This album won't be for everyone, but if you haven't already it's certainly worth a couple of quid to give it a try.
The Kooks is a really great band and I love listening to their CD Inside In The Inside Out. The Cd has 14 songs on it Seaside, See The World, Sofa Song, Eddie's Gun, Ooh La, You Don't Love Me, She Moves In Her Own Way, Matchbox, Naive, I Want You, If Only, Jackie Big Tits, Time Awaits, Got No Love. Each song is really great in their own way however I would have liked the first song Seaside to have lasted longer as it is only 1:39, its a great song great to listen to and always gets me singing along with it. The longest song on the CD is Time Awaits which is on for 5:08 which is yet another really great song. In fact all the songs on the CD are great songs you could listen to whatever you are doing at whatever time and you are sure to enjoy the CD.
The Kooks are Luke Pritchard (vocals/guitar), Hugh Harris (guitar), Max Rafferty (bass), and Paul Garred (drums). The band are named after a David Bowie song, but this doesnt at all reflect their style. The band met while at Brighton Music College.
Essentially they are a really low budget garage rock band, although they do sound rough around the edges, I believe this gives them their charm. Their influences are The Police, The Strokes and strangely The Everly Brothers. Again, these influences dont really help describe the bands innocent sound.
This album is their debit released in 2006 and contains Top 20 hit 'You Dont Love Me' and 'She Moves In Her Own Way' . And acclaim for tracks on this album doesnt end there: 'Naive' shot to number 5 by the spring of that year!
Musically their sound is percussionistic, melodic and upbeat. I think they are like a really good university union band that have a really mellow hippie vibe about their songs (especially in 'She Moves In Her Way'). Vocally and lyrically the band are not strong but by no means bad and in some songs the vocals do really stand out: like in 'Matchbox'.
Although as stated above, this band do have a certain rough charm about their music I dont think that this gives them enough appeal to stand out massively from their piers.
*A bit of back ground on The Kooks*
They are an english rock band, formed at their Brighton stage school in 2004.
They currently consist of lead singer Luke pritchard, Paul Garred, Hugh Harris and Peter Denton.
Luke Pritchard: He was born 2 March 1985 in Lewisham, London. He is the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the band. He began his music career in a band called Covernote which played a lot of covers and toured the London music scene.
Paul Garred: He was born born 23 May 1985 in Seaford. He is the percussionist for the band. He started in a band called Stairwell when he was 14.
Hugh Harris: He was born born 19 July 1987 and is the lead guitarist of the band. He has also played with bands such as three hoods, a Ginger and People Like Funk.
Peter Denton: Plays bass for the band. He joined the band in October 2008.
Previous band members:
Max Rafferty: He was sacked from the band on 30th January 2008 for long term absences.
Dan Logan: Joined the band to replace Max but it didn't work out.
*Inside in/Inside out*
Genre Indie rock, alternative
Label Virgin Records
Producer Tony Hoffer
The album was released on 23rd January 2006, and remained the top 20 UK charts for over half of the year. The album has sold more than a million copies and has attained triple platinum status.
This album is still one of my favourites today and i listen to it regularly.
1. Seaside - 1:39
This track is a short intro to the album which is about falling in love with a girl at the seaside.
The track is short but the music is beautiful and the vocals are fantastic.
2. See the World - 2:38
This track talks of how his girl is leaving him to see the world and doesn't care for him anymore.
It is not one of my favourite songs of the album because i feel its a bit repetitive.
3. Sofa Song - 2:13
Morrisey is one of Luke Pritchards heroes, when writing this song he was trying to capture a Morrisey like tone. It got to number 28 in the UK charts.
The song talks about trying to get his girl on the sofa and basically get naughty.
This is one of my favourite songs of the album, its very catchy and i find myself singing it all day.
4 . Eddie's Gun - 2:13
The songs talks of erectile dysfunction.
Again not one of my favourite songs, but has a catchy tune.
5. Ooh La - 3:28
It is featured in the Torchwood episode "Small Worlds" and was an iTunes Single of the Week.
The song also featured in an episode of American Idol and in the twentieth series of the pop quiz show Never Mind The Buzzcocks.
One of my favourite Kooks songs, its really catchy and the vocals are fantastic.
6. You Don't Love Me - 2:35
A fantastic song that reached number 12 in the UK charts.
One of my favourite songs on the album.
7. She Moves in Her Own Way - 2:49
Reached number 7 in the UK charts.
A great song that i often sing at karaoke, one of my favourite kooks songs. The vocals are amazing.
8. Matchbox - 3:09
I have never really liked this song much, its a bit strange and boring. The lyrics are a bit odd.
9. Naïve - 3:23
One of the best Kooks songs ever! It made number 5 in the UK charts!
The song is really beautiful, has lovely lyrics and very catchy!
It has also been covered by Lilly Allen and Mutya from the sugar babes.
Written by Luke when he was only 16.
10. I Want You Back - 3:26
Not one of the best songs on the album, and i dont think the vocals are as good in this track.
11. If Only - 2:01
Again not the best track, its a bit fast and kind of over very quickly.
12. Jackie Big Tits - 2:32
This song makes me giggle because my mum is called Jackie so i always say its about her lol. A good track and great vocals.
13. Time Awaits - 5:08
A slow catchy track with great lyrics. The guitar is amazing in this.
14. Got No Love - 3:37
Not one of my favourite songs but the vocals again are great.
The Kooks are my all time favourite band, there isn't a day that goes by when i don't listen to at least one of their songs.
Their voices are very unique.. they have been slagged off for trying to sound like "Londoners" but they are from Brighton well thats not true because as you see above Luke is a Londoner. I think their voices are very addictive and i find them so cute.
I think the band has had a lot of bad press for losing band members etc but hopefully after their success with their latest album Konk they are overcoming this now.
The album itself has some fantastic tracks, and it is really easy listening. The album is not that long, perfect for a car drive.
The Kooks are an indie/pop band from Brighton, UK. Inside In, Inside Out was their debut album that catapaulted the band into mainstream success and is definately my favourite release as I am not a huge fan of their follow up album Konk. The current members of the band are: Luke Pritchard, Hugh Harris, Paul Garred and Peter Denton. So far they have released two studio albums:
Inside In, Inside Out (2006)
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
10. I Want You
11. If Only
12. Jackie Big Tits
13. Time Awaits
14. Got No Love
**MY FAVOURITE TRACKS**
**6. You Don't Love Me**
Out of the whole album, this is the song that first caught my attention apart from the obvious tracks like Naive and She Moves In Her Own way! I thought that the way the song sounded, how it had been constructed and everything about it very different to most music around at this time and I loved it. The lyrics are solid, the band fuse together perfectly, all of their songs are very catchy and this track is no exception. It's not a very deep and meaningful song but that's not the band's style sot his was to be expected. I think that the message here is quite clear- A relationship where the guy feels used and unsure of the girls feelings for him. Or sure that she doesn't feel the same about him anyway! My favourite lyrics are: "You don't love me the way that I love you, 'cause if you did girl you would not do those things you do" 7/10.
**7. She Moves In Her Own Way**
This track is a perfect summer song in my opinion. It's also a definate crowd pleaser at festivals, it never fails! This is understandable with the catchy lyrics and bouncy feel of the song. Compared to the majority of the songs on this album, The Kooks have taken this track in more of a pop direction rather than the indie style that they usually produce but I think that's why so many people love it. Personally, I think that it is about a guy who loves his girlfriend just for being her, for being an individual. My favourite lyrics from this track are: "Looks are decieving, make me believe it, and these tiresome paper dreams, paper dreams honey". 8/10
**14. Got No Love**
This song is probably one that not a lot of people would go for, but I think that it's really good. It's very simple in comparison to most of the album, there isn't much background music, just vocals and a few simple instruments. It's actually quite eerie and dramatic- you almost get the sense that a relationship has ended and that this guy has just given up, it's a very clever track. My favourite lyrics are: "You, you ain't got no love today, don't let them bring you down, hold on, don't let them bring you down." 9/10
**MY OVERALL OPINION**
I think that this was a brilliant debut album from The Kooks. There are definately a few tracks that I wasn't expecting so it is definately not predictable. Overall there is a good mixture of tracks that everyone can enjoy. As a whole I would rate this album 7/10.
The first album from the Brighton boys doesn't disappoint, Rock/pop at its best. Its an album Packed with great rock songs and catchy pop undertones.
The album starts with a song titles seaside which is a slow melodic number that in no way shape or form sets the tone for the album however it shows how raw and full of emotion lead singer Luke Prichard's voice can be. Then starts the song 'See the world' which in complete contrast to Seaside has thunderous guitars and brilliant energy. The transition from 'seaside' to 'See the world' is my favourite part of the album. The two songs almost feel as one despite how very different they are. Third song on the album is 'Sofa song' which has a nice melody backed by guitar and is one of the slower numbers, however it is defiantly not a filler and deserving of being on the album. Fourth song is the infectious 'Ooh La' I love this song - especially the first verse 'In their eyes is the place that you finally discovered that you love it here, you've got to stay' the Kooks tell a story with each of their songs. Song five is 'You Don't Love Me' chugs along at a typically breakneck pace set by the albums previous songs, only pausing for breath once it grinds to a halt at around two and a half minutes, leaving the song feeling short but wanting you to play it again. Persistent, bouncy guitars, enthusiastic singing is what this song provides. Song 6 'She Moves In Her Own Way' no matter the mood I love this song, makes me want to dance every time. This particular track defiantly has a summer vibe to it, vie found it best listened to in your car on a hot day with the windows down. Song 7 'Matchbox' 'my Juliet!! I never betray you my love...' is such an outstanding line in this song, sung yet again with a bucket and half of emotion, the song bounces around with lyrical genius and yet again is one of my favourites. Song 8 'Naïve' the song that really got them noticed, yet again you can hear the emotion in Prichard's voice as he sings with a hint of enthusiasm. The chorus so easy on the ear you'll be forced to sing along to it, another summer song Prichard's voice is such that you are compelled to listen. Song 9 'I Want You Back' is a complete rock song that is different from others on the album he sings with more anger and has a slight sound of desperation at points creating a very tuneful song. Song 10 'If Only' a fast paced guitar filled number with crashing symbols and a home grown feel. Luke's unique voice fills the song with his quirkiness, not one of my favourites but I can happily listen to it. Song 11 'Jackie Big Tits' I really don't like this song, it does not have the same energy and enthusiasm as the other songs, its sounds like it was recorded after a drunken night out and the result is not good, with slurry words and screeching its not one of their best efforts. Song 12 'Time Awaits' can be hugely misunderstood it's a slightly darker vibe from the band, with heavier guitars and a deeper and slightly sinister singing voice it's the complete opposite to opening track 'seaside'. Song 13 'Got No Love' is another one I don't like, it feels like it is a demo that has been thrown on the album for filler sake. A slow meaningless song that doesn't make full use of the bands playability or likes amazing voice.
Despite having 13 tracks the album is fairly short with most songs ending after the 2 and a half minute mark, the songs leave you wanting more but the album feels complete by the end, every song tells a story even 'Jackie big tits' if you like 'indie' music and rock/pop then you will love this album, and if you don't I still recommend getting this album as my review is nothing compared to hearing the album itself!
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I thought the Kooks had vanished off the face of the earth. You get some really good bands that come on the scene and then after a couple of months and one album, you never seem to hear them ever again...thats what I thought had happened with the Kooks which disappointed me a little because I thought that their first album Inside In Inside Out was one of the best albums that I had bought in the year that it was released. I'm surprised that it didn't get worn out and still remains in my car with the others that I listen to on a more regular basis.
The Kooks from Brighton are an Indie Rock band and were established in 2004. Following the release of their first track, Naive, off the album, they had a succession of hits from their debut album during 2006, and were one of the most likeable bands of the year.
As a rule when you get an album and its not a greatest hits compilation, a lot of the tracks that are on the album, you more than likely have not heard before and probably press skip when listening to it. With this album, its a different case. Not on any occasion have I ever got bored of any the tracks that are on it and they have produced a cracking debit album which will continue to be one of my favourite's.
Naive, being there debut single, and also the track that made me so into the band had got to be my favourite track on the album. With the acoustic backing and their Sussex accent, at the particular time that it was released it was quite different to the style that other bands within this genre were releasing. THe track itself spent a long time in the charts and after its release, the album spent over half the year in the top 20 album charts making them one of the biggest new successes of the year.
The album has a good feeling to it, as with some Indie Rock bands, the subject matter of the song and lyrics can sometimes be depressing however with the Kooks, all the tracks have a nice feel good approach which makes the album even more worthwhile to listen to.
- See The World
- Sofa Song
- Eddies Gun
- Ooh La
- YOu Don't Love Me
- She Moves in Her Own Way
- I Want You
- If Only
- Jackie Big Tits
- Time Awaits
- Got No Love
One of the songs that they didn't release that I feel should have been one that they released has got to be I Want You. This track has a different element to it and is more like a indie ballad. The lyrics are great and very meaningful. For young lads, they are extremely talented as some of these tracks were written when they were just 16 years of age. I Want You would have been a great hit.
ALthough I have not purchased the new album yet, it is on my list to buy and I can't wait. Inside In / Inside Out is a great album, if they have come up with an album better than that then it would be superb.
The Kooks formed in 2004 whilst at the Brighton Institute of Modern Music where they were all students. The band were signed instantly to Virgin Records after playing and impressing at Brighton's Free Butt Festival. Their fourteen track 'Inside In/Inside Out' album was consequently released in January 2006, an album from which six Top 40 singles were released. The bands most commercially successful single to date has been 'Naïve', a track which hit a high of Number 5 in the Official UK Chart. The single actually turned out to be the 19th best selling single of 2006, a true testament to the strength of this release.
The first time I came to know of The Kooks was when I saw them supporting The Subways at Brixton Academy. I didn't really think much of them, and whilst a friend of mine had seen a music video of theirs on MTV2 the previous week and seemed mildly impressed with their performance, I found them to be a bit bland and paid little notice to their set. A few months down the line and I discovered their 'Inside In/Inside Out' album; an album I was actually quite impressed with to tell you the truth. Whilst there are some tracks that are a little less catchy than others, most of the music is really quite impressive and the good definitely outweighs the bad. The album begins with the excellent 'Seaside', a track which really sets up the atmosphere for the album as a whole. Although the track is a little slow going, it is a great opening and is one that I really enjoy. It's easy to see why their live show didn't capture my attention when I first saw them however; a lot of the tracks present here are definite growers and so it takes several listens for them to really make their impact.
'She Moves In Her Own Way' is perhaps my favourite of all tracks present here on this album. There is just something about it that makes me sing along at the top of my voice every time I listen to it, something that I can't help but do. The Kooks possess a great quality of making me do this, and I'm not at all ashamed of saying so. 'She Moves In Her Own Way' has the most fantastic chorus, an excellent back beat, and some brilliant guitar work which makes me smile every time I listen to it. No other Kooks track moves me in quite such a way as this.
Whilst 'She Moves In Her Own Way' is my absolute favourite from this album, there are of course other tracks that greatly appeal to me in this release, most notably the aforementioned and to date most commercially successful single from the band 'Naïve', and also the simply superb 'Sofa Song'. It's an interesting one that all of my three favourite tracks from the album were released as singles but there you go, when a band release six tracks from an album then in most instances this is bound to be the case. Short of being few and far between, the highlights from this album come roughly every other track which of course provides for a fantastic listening experience when playing the 'Inside In/Inside Out' album. It is impossible to tire of this music when you know that the album possesses such an enormity of strength and contains such a vast amount of stand out moments. Each and every listen to this album is a positive one, and a great deal of satisfaction can be gained from listening to the album as a whole.
Although my experience of The Kooks album is for the most part a positive one, there are a few tracks here that I just never managed to get into, 'Match Box' being a prime example. This one comes midway through the album and I just fail to see any appeal in it whatsoever. It is not too different to their other tracks, yet somehow it just doesn't quite work and is really rather tiresome. This is the main blip I feel the album possesses however as for the most part The Kooks impress in this album and show themselves to be a talented band with big ideas, ideas which generally pay off and sound fantastic.
The sound of The Kooks is very much their own, they play an excellent brand of Indie Rock and do so with great passion and in tremendous fashion. The music is not always terribly exciting, especially when listening to the tracks for the first time, however with repeated play the music quickly grows on you and The Kooks may fast become your new favourite band. There will of course be those that don't greatly appreciate their music, however I personally am a great admirer of their sound and enjoy what they have to offer with this release, their début album offering.
The Kooks début album may not be the best that I have ever heard, however it is still one that is well worth checking out. One of the best bands to have come out of Brighton in a long while, The Kooks are a band that should go far with the sound that they are producing. With a new album due out in April 2008, it would seem that The Kooks show no signs of throwing in the towel just yet and hopefully they will keep releasing quality albums for years to come. These seasiders are excellent at what they do, a band who've practised and perfected their sound over the last couple of years, something which has definitely benefited them greatly. If you've not already done so, then make sure you give this 'Inside In/Inside Out' album a listen, and be sure to purchase their second album 'Konk' when it comes out in April as well.
I don't usually impulse buy CDs but one day whilst in Sainsbury's, Inside In Inside Out by the Kooks came jumping off the shelf into my basket. Really impressed with the only song I knew from them, She Moves In Her Own Way, I decided this CD should move into my kitchen.
The kitchen is where I listen to most music and it amused me to think I could be Kooking in the kitchen (yes yes, I know, I don't get out enough). But anyway, I couldn't wait to listen to this new purchase so I decided to go home and bake a cake or something so I could listen all the way through without getting distracted by something in another room.
Some people buy music for the lyrics. I can honestly say that this was not the case for me with this one. She Moves In Her Own Way is a song which initially had me turning the car radio up, and always had me singing along with it. Hmmm but what are those lyrics going on about 'the furby kiss .she moves in her own way ?'
Inside In Inside Out is the debut album from The Kooks, a band made up of four males from Brighton comprising Luke Pritchard (lead vocals, guitar), Hugh Harris (lead guitar), Max Rafferty (bass guitar) and Paul Garred (drums & percussion). Their style of music is Indie Rock and similar to bands like Razorlight, Coldplay and Maroon Five. This album has been out since January of this year and has spent months in the top 20 and has sold in excess of 1 million copies.
No less than six of these tracks (marked with an asterisk in the listing below) have been released as singles in the UK. There are 14 tracks most are between 2 and 3 minutes in length.
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 *
9. Naïve *
10. I Want You
11. If Only
12. Jackie Big Tits
13. Time Awaits
14. Got No Love
The biggest hit being from the album is undoubtedly She Moves in Her Own Way, my favourite track on the album and the sole reason I bought it. So, what do I think of it all..?
My initial response was disappointment. She Moves In Her Own Way stands out as the best track by far for me and some tracks were just what I would call pure NOISE. However, after many listens the album is growing on me although there are still one or two tracks that I just can't stand and have to skip.
She Moves in Her Own Way is my favourite track. It is a song that it is almost impossible to keep still or quiet to and I'm sure most people will have heard in a café, bar or restaurant if not on the TV or radio. The rhythm is fast and the tune fun with guitar and gentle percussion accompanying the singing. Some of the lyrics are easy to pick out 'you don't pull my strings cause I'm a better man moving on to better things' whilst there are Furby Kisses in there somewhere. Turning to the CD case in search of the actual wording for this line is a fruitless task since the lyrics are microscopic font size 3 or similar. Good old Google tells me that this line is in fact 'I love her because'. Would you believe it? No it's Furby kisses when you listen, please tell me if you hear this too.
Another great track (and absolute confirmation that I don't like it for the lyrics) is Jackie Big Tits. A fun song with a lovely guitar introduction. Another one to sing aloud to and shake your booty around the kitchen (so glad we are not overlooked from behind). How can a good song be about big tits, I'm not a fan of those but then that's probably 'cause I don't have them. Anyway all the nice boys say that more than handful is a waste. Shove over Jordan.
The first track on the album, Seaside, starts off with the intellectually unchallenging lyrics 'Do you want to go to the seaside'? It's a song where the lyrics are clear and simple, accompanied by guitar. It's only one and half minutes long but it's easy listening.
Got No Love stands out as the most different of the tracks on the album. It is a slow song with few lyrics, 'you aint got no love today, don't let them bring me down, got no love'. It is moody but good with a background of guitar and drums.
Ooh La is a fun and upbeat track and it is thought that the lyrics refer to the fame awaiting Luke's ex, Katie Melua. 'And don't be a star, it's such a drag , Take care of yourself, don't begin to lag , It's a hard life to live, so live it well ...ooh la, she was such a good girl to me , And ooh la, the world just chewed her up, and spat her out'.
The Pretty Good
Sofa Song and Matchbox are both tracks that I can listen to without skipping. They both have loads of energy and percussion. Eddie's Gun falls into the OK category for me, I can't quite decide whether I love it or hate it and have decided it depends on my mood. It has an air of NOISE about it in parts.
Naïve is a song with lyrics about a cheating girl who is a little naïve 'How could this be done, by such a smiling sweetheart , oh and your sweet and pretty face, in such an ugly way something so beautiful, everytime I look inside'. It's OK but nothing really special.
Time Awaits is a song that starts with a dreary feel but improves with time and is the longest track at just over 5 minutes. There are parts of the song which sound very U2ish.
Do You Want to See the World starts off with a few bars very similar to Blondie's One Way or Another. It goes severely downhill after this with loads of bass guitar and noise. Fans of heavier rock may like this but I don't. The words are a blur and it's just plain noise to my ears.
You Don't Love Me is another track I feel irritated by. It does have a really good electric guitar instrumental half way though but overall it is monotonous and noisy and doesn't make me dance.
If Only is another of the noisy songs on the album. It is fast and then slow and has a dreariness about it which bursts into high tempo at odd periods. This one's a noise I can do without.
As an impulse buy, I felt on first listening that this album was a real disappointment and I'd have been better downloading a couple of tracks instead (but since I don't have an MP3, then that would have been a bit silly). After many listens I am enjoying the album much more than I thought. It has certainly had more listens than Maroon Five (another impulse buy bought on the strength of She Will Be Loved). Ah déjà vu. I still prefer my most recent CD Eyes Open by Snow Patrol but Inside In Inside Out has plenty of good tracks and it seems to get better with age. Recommended for Furby Kisses in the Kitchen at the very least.
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Inisde In/Inside Out by The Kooks (released on Virgin Records) is THE album of the moment.
Brighton's The Kooks are Luke Pritchard, Hugh Harris, Max Rafferty and Paul Garred. A great combination of guitars drums and very unique vocals are all present with this band.
Inside In/Inside Out features the first singles Eddie's Gun & Sofa Song as well as the more well know hit Naive. One to get everyone bopping along is She Moves In Her Own Way - the band's latest release from the album.
The inside sleeve features lyrics, credits and some rather nice pictures. There's a particularly nice one for all Luke fan's to look out for (Picture Luke & bed...)
14 songs, each telling a very different story.
The opening track "Seaside" showcases Luke's amazing voice brilliantly, and the closing track "Got No Love" brings a satisfying close to the fantastic piece of musical genious that is...Inside In/Inside Out.
Songs to listen out for: Sofa Song, Eddie's Gun, You Don't Love Me, She Moves In Her Own Way, Matchbox, Naive.
The Kooks WOW , what can i say, these boys with their untidy hair and their tight jeans are good better than good. While i write this Review i am Listening to The Sofa Song and the energy they give their fans must be electric. I was so dissapointed that i was on holiday when they came to Glasgow , i would have loved to see these boys live.
The Kooks could defeniatley potentially be a lot bigger than snow patrol, razorlight, coldplay , oasis if they are not already.
An Amazing debut album !
And we will be hearing a lot more of this Band you can be sure about that.
The kooks, a four piece band from Brighton, recently released their debut album, Inside in/Inside out which hit number 8 on the album chart in its first week of release.
It is a shame that they brought out their album on the same day as the overly hyped Arctic Monkeys as this shadowed their under appreciated musical talent. In my opinion it beats the Arctic Monkeys album hands down and deserves much more attention.
The album opens with a short acoustic song Seaside that shows a fragile side to singer Luke Pritchard as this song is possibly referring to a past experience in his hometown.
See The World then explodes with screaming guitars and develops into an energetic and outstanding track. This is then followed by the sweet melody of Sofa Song with a catchy chorus and great riffs.
The next track is the debut single from last summer Eddies Gun which features an original and quirky sound, closely followed by their most recent release You Dont Love Me, a fast paced, lively track that stands out in the middle of the album. She Moves In Her Own Way is a catchy, breezy acoustic song comparable to some of the best work of The Coral.
Showing their confidence to broaden their sound, hints of ska are to be found in Match Box and Time Awaits. The Kooks also show a darker side in the slow but powerful I Want You Back. It starts off gloomy but soon bursts into a striking and emotional track that shows off their musical capabilities. The only disappointing track is Got No Love, a lifeless and intentionally slow song that concludes the album on a low note but without spoiling an excellent debut album.
With enough impressive songs on their album, The Kooks can expect to progress a lot further in their musical career and release many more incredible singles before a second album appears
In conclusion The Kooks are a great band from Brighton of whom we can expect great things from in the future.
Along with the seemingly non-stoppable penchant for long hair by certain young men it seems we are hearing a lot of indie music being released recently. The Kooks are amongst the higher quality of this music, with their album inside in/inside out proving to be one of the summers must have albums.
Ill just scan through a few of the songs on the album here;
Have to describe this as a classic driving along to song, a very fast paced song (only 2:14 min). The lyrics are very strong with this song and are accompanied with superb guitar works.
I want you back
Excellent song here, compared to other songs in the album this is a very slow, sombre like song. Personally Id go so far as to categorise it as depressing yet it is still mint and gets better each time you listen to it.
This track never stops and never takes time for a breath. Incredibly fast with lots of guitars and stuff banging along throughout it.
Jackie big tits
A kind of standard quality song on this album this song just seems to flow, not as fast paced as other songs but quite an uplifting song.
Not as head banging as the other songs but still good
The best song on the album and probably the best song this summer. Excellent guitar, vocals etc
Started off as being my favourite song on the album, and its good dont get me wrong, its rapidly tailed of the more Ive listened to it. A good soft song that perhaps I over listened to.
See The World
Love this song and have done ever since I first listened to it. A very fast tempod song with excellent lyrics and accompanying vocals.
This album is on the whole well worth buying, does have one or two weak tracks on it but in this day and ages thats rare. A very summery and upbeat album which like the indie scene is very much popular at the moment.