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  1. Positive: 1 out of 16
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  1. Sep 15, 2011
    70
    Junk of the Heart is everything the Kooks have been and continue to assert that they are, which makes for a rewarding listen.
  2. Sep 12, 2011
    60
    There's very little drive in Junk of the Heart, just a messy selection of meandering verses that surely can't be the product of three years' work.
  3. Sep 19, 2011
    60
    Luke Pritchard and co attack each of their songs with crisp, clean confidence, brisk guitar lines and open vowels. [Oct 2011, p.97]
  4. 50
    Junk of the Heart may not convert any of The Kooks' detractors, but its hooks should be enough to satisfy fans of their light, catchy pop.
  5. Sep 30, 2011
    50
    While their play-it-safe approach may mean they're less likely to suffer the rapid sales decline of their contemporaries, they are now in danger of becoming indie pop's answer to Westlife.
  6. 40
    The result is a series of half-formed, indifferently performed tracks on which even gifted guitarist Hugh Harris struggles to locate the inspired touches that made Konk so impressive.
  7. 40
    Sparer instrumentation and slack tempos mean that singer Luke Pritchard dominates, and his reedy voice fails to enliven trite lyrics about lust and fame.

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  1. Nov 7, 2011
    10
    dont understand the bad reviews... A solid Album by a talented band. Just as good, if not better that Konk. So ignore the critics and givedont understand the bad reviews... A solid Album by a talented band. Just as good, if not better that Konk. So ignore the critics and give this album a listen Expand