Konk - The Kooks
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  • Summary: The sophomore album was produced by Tony Hoffer. The British band recently lost its bassist Max Rafferty, who quit earlier this year.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. Everything about this album shouts masterpiece, a set that will thrill listeners for years, nay decades, to come.
  2. In an era of canned angst with all the sentiment of a Hallmark card, the Kooks’ parlay their mixed feelings on a myriad of subjects with a strong sense of sincerity, finding the sunny side to melancholy and frustration or a splinter of wistfulness lodged somewhere within a good time.
  3. 80
    With positive vibes along the lines of fellow Brits The Kinks, Konk flows cohesively and is easy and pleasant to listen to all the way through (which is very hard to say for most full-lengths in this era of hit singles).
  4. The follow-up adheres to a winning formula: this is sunny pop in a Sixties vein. But why don't they try something reckless?
  5. Konk is a bit too glossy for its own good, with neatly distorted guitars, swooning multi-tracked harmonies and perfectly manicured choruses working against the energy inherent in the performances.
  6. Konk is the sound of a band in disarray, unsuccessfully attempting to hold things together.
  7. These odd moments aside, it’s tempting to suggest that never before have a band--and a band who, let us remember, this writer awarded a generous 8/10 for their summery, tuneful debut--managed to nail mediocrity so definitely between its tired eyes.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. RafaelF.
    Apr 17, 2008
    I don't know why this "bad critics". Konk (i don't like this album name, but is ok) is awesome. New Musical Express are crazy. They like to create and the destroy the hype in question of seconds. Expand
  2. MarianaL.
    Apr 17, 2008
    great album, LOVE IT. they are better live though.
  3. R.
    Apr 18, 2008
    I do not understand where some of the critics are coming from. This album is superb. Especially like "Gap," "See the Sun," "Love it All," "Sway," and "One Last Time." I enjoy listening to the entire album over and over again. A great British album. Expand
  4. EllieL.
    Apr 28, 2008
    The kooks always find the perfect medium between rock and pop. i love every song on this album. it's definitely a mature step forward from their debut album Inside In/Inside Out. Expand
  5. RonL.
    Jun 17, 2008
    I have listened to the album over 10 times and it just gets better and better. Looking at the critics reviews at the bottom of the spectrum, you guys are nuts. This is a magical album. It is better than Brit pop and I think it stands as a marker for a change in pop sound. Buy it and enjoy. I give it my highest recommendation. Expand
  6. Jason
    Apr 20, 2008
    Sure they're playing it a little safe but the songs are catchy enough. And while there might not be some of the great standout tracks that Inside In/Inside Out had, there are also fewer weak tracks. Expand
  7. greggh
    Apr 22, 2008
    I liked the kinks better when they played music back in the 60's.

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