The Kooks, Junk of the Heart, Astralwerks

Despite the occasional synth burp, The Kooks remain righteously retro on their third album, tailor-made for playing on a sunny afternoon.
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Despite the occasional synth burp, The Kooks remain righteously retro on their third album, tailor-made for playing on a sunny afternoon. The 11 compact songs form a cavalcade of ginormous major-chord hooks, fallen-choirboy harmonies, Charlie Watts-steady snare hits and unremittingly good vibes, even when Luke Pritchard is singing “Fuck the World Off” in his nasal, languid tenor, a dead ringer for the young Ray Davies. And “Taking Pictures of You” is as pretty as a Waterloo sunset.
Bud Scoppa

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