Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. 84
    Irresistible. [#22, p.93]
  2. The band's great strength is its surging rhythm section, which tilts the songs twoard the dance floor and brings freshness and oomph to chord progressions and tunes we've been hearing since... 1966 and 1977. [6 Oct 2006, p.70]
  3. For now, at least, these kids are all right, and bubbling with ideas.
  4. An eclectic but thoroughly satisfying record. [21 Jan 2006, p.35]
  5. They are a less irreverent and more melodic Art Brut, swapping that band’s caustic wit for a far nicer type of honesty.
  6. An almost-perfect blend of '60s-style Britpop, '90s-style Britpop, and the post-punk of the new millennium, Inside In/Inside Out is the rare debut that features not only the kind of exuberance/naivete that only bunch of nineteen-year-olds could produce, but also the thoughtful consistency characteristic of seasoned professionals.
  7. 80
    Adventurous of chord-voicing but never showy, the band nail most of their zesty songs in well under three minutes. [Mar 2006, p.92]
  8. 80
    Magnificent. [Sep 2006, p.136]
  9. On most of Inside In/Inside Out, the band sounds like a more energetic Thrills or a looser Sam Roberts Band, maybe even a less severe Arctic Monkeys at times.
  10. 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]
  11. An impressive collection of polished pop that leans towards the 1980s English ska tradition while holding tight to the indie holy grail of an easy sing-along chorus against jangly guitars.
  12. 70
    The Kooks... boast an ingenious pop-rock sound. [Nov 2006, p.102]
  13. A blindingly bright future beckons.
  14. 60
    Breathless power-pop offset by an innuendo-laden lyricism. [Mar 2006, p.98]
  15. 60
    The scholarship is too obvious at times... But at their streamlined best... it's like Britpop's glory years never waned. [Oct 2006, p.137]
  16. The Kooks take elements from their up-and-coming peers and a name from Hunky Dory, achieving an adolescent universality that's at once their strongest pitch and greatest failing.
  17. Greater things may well be in the pipeline for The Kooks, but this is sadly lacking in anything to fall - or indeed remain - in love with.
  18. 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.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 56 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 37
  2. Negative: 3 out of 37
  1. Feb 16, 2012
    It's not bad and has a few very good moments but it's pretty standard brit pop with a little bit of extra style to it. The longer this band have gone on and produced music, the less time I seem to have for this record. Full Review »
  2. Apr 13, 2011
    Inside In/Inside Out is a really good album. These are soft pop melody tracks that are sung really nice by Luke Pritchard. It's nothing groundbreaking, but these English hipsters know how to make music and it shows on this album. B+ Full Review »