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  • Summary: Tony Hoffer (Beck) produced this first album for the Brighton, England four-piece.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. 84
    Irresistible. [#22, p.93]
  2. For now, at least, these kids are all right, and bubbling with ideas.
  3. Display[s] a broad musical taste that brings elements of Jack Johnson-styled folk and XTC jerk-pop to their unbridled, youthful joie de vivre. [Mar 2006, p.107]
  4. They are a less irreverent and more melodic Art Brut, swapping that band’s caustic wit for a far nicer type of honesty.
  5. 70
    The Kooks... boast an ingenious pop-rock sound. [Nov 2006, p.102]
  6. 60
    Breathless power-pop offset by an innuendo-laden lyricism. [Mar 2006, p.98]
  7. There are a couple of decent Brit-pop numbers... but the rest is utterly forgettable, shoddily produced retro rock that at its worst sounds like a Brighton-accented version of the Spin Doctors, minus the hit songs and amusing facial hair.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 37
  2. Negative: 3 out of 37
  1. TJ
    Sep 29, 2007
    10
    Great songs! Energetic and addictive. These guys are very talented and deserve some praise. Songs don't have to be so different that Great songs! Energetic and addictive. These guys are very talented and deserve some praise. Songs don't have to be so different that they are bizarre and depressing to be good songs. The main weakness I see is in their lyrics which are immature and too fague. BUT, their youthful optimism and talent overpower any issues with the lyrics. I can't wait to hear their next songs. Expand
  2. SylvioM
    Apr 7, 2006
    10
    I'll just say that is the best album i've head in current year.
  3. agus
    Nov 26, 2006
    10
    I think they are great, they sound great, and I love them, I pretty much don't care about reviews, because I don't trust the taste I think they are great, they sound great, and I love them, I pretty much don't care about reviews, because I don't trust the taste of the people that do them, so,to me, The Kooks are awesome and I love tolisten to their songs, and I don't care how "memorable" they are, that is just stupid. And by the way, the lyrics are good too. Expand
  4. StarT
    Mar 8, 2006
    9
    Great album full of catchy tunes- I've had it one repeat for the past week.
  5. Kiki
    Aug 15, 2006
    9
    I got this album as soon it was released. So why have I not written a review before now. Probably because my time has been used to sit and I got this album as soon it was released. So why have I not written a review before now. Probably because my time has been used to sit and listen to them and wonder how The Kooks created such a great debut. This album is deserving of a 9. I think it has originality in comparison to a lot of new bands. And variety. It's soft, laid back, but with that 'rocky' beat. It seems that Luke Pritchard has adopted Johnny Borrells style of singing, but adapted it making the songs more original and in a way, exciting. A definite recommendation. Tres Bon! Expand
  6. MorganG
    Feb 3, 2007
    8
    They remind me of Hot Hot Heat, only better. Good melodies throughout the album although some of it sounds repetitive. Don't look for They remind me of Hot Hot Heat, only better. Good melodies throughout the album although some of it sounds repetitive. Don't look for deep meaning in the lyrics; it's just fun. Expand
  7. AlbertS
    Oct 5, 2006
    0
    Boring, generic.

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