ARTIST: The Kooks
TITLE: Inside In / Inside Out
YEAR RELEASED: 2006
CHART ACTION: #165 US, #2 UK
SINGLES: Eddie’s Gun (#35 UK), Sofa Song (#28 UK), You Don’t Love Me (#12 UK), Naïve (#5 UK, #22 US Alt), She Moves in Her Own Way (#7 UK, #39 US Alt), Ooh La (#20 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Not here.
LINEUP: Luke Pritchard, Hugh Harris, Max Rafferty, Paul Garred
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: UK modern rock band’s first album is a commercial success, and has some decent, if not memorable moments.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Though it was a little overshadowed at first by the Arctic Monkeys, the Kooks’ first album also became a world wide smash (not here, because, you know, the US does its own thing at times).
The reason is pretty clear, pleasing hooks and melodies and enough crunch to satisfy some rock fans. There’s nothing horribly new about the Kooks, but their music sounds good on the radio and really one song at a time may be the best way to hear them.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: They decided to tour and write first right after signing their contract to work on their sound and songs.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, an extra US track.
GRADE: B: It’s not revolutionary, but it’s a decent listen and the individual cuts sound good on the radio.