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Editors’ Notes

Brighton Music College birthed the essential pop band the Kooks, who are said to stretch their boundaries with their 2011 album Junk of the Heart. But it isn’t anything likely to alienate fans of their first two quite enjoyable pop albums. The title track is an immediately bracing pop tune with a bright melody, a catchy lyric and the kind of smart instrumentation that makes their music such an enduring escapade. “Rosie” throws a rowdy choir behind the chorus. “Taking Pictures of You” slows down and works out a beautifully languid soundfield of airy synths and backwards guitars. “Time Above the Earth” is an orchestral number with carefully arranged strings. “Runaway” works with a low-budget synth looping around the vague reggae rhythm and a wonderful falsetto. “Killing Me,” tucked into the album’s center, is a powerful ballad. Though the band’s name is taken from a David Bowie song, the group actually reflects the sounds of ‘60s groups such as the Kinks and Love even more.

Customer Reviews

More growth needed

Junk of the Heart is a title that evokes feelings of warmth, quirkiness, and a tinge of melancholy. That's exactly what you get with this album. With many changes to the original line up, it seems Pritchard and Harris took the opportunity to mature and change their sound. However, when mixed with an over-produced, synth-y sound (quite unlike the signature Kooks) this album ends up being a slight disappointment, too caught up in its own production and what it was trying to achieve. Every great band has an awkward "musical puberty" album; hopefully they are able to create a more cohesive and clean album next time.

Love them

This is my fav album of the kooks all of the songs are great they make me happy or they make me rebember thing. I love everything about the kooks

Love Mr. Nice Guy

I heard It in the open world GTA style game Sleeping Dogs on a radio station titled Kerrang! Radio. I knew that the songs were real so I found it on iTunes and now I love it.


Formed: 2005 in Brighton, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Arriving a good decade after the peak of Brit-pop, the new millennial rockers the Kooks revived that knowing, catchy clatter in the mid-2000s. Their debut Inside In/Inside Out appeared in 2006, the same year as the Arctic Monkeys' debut -- the two bands may have been mild rivals but their near simultaneous debuts did represent the birth of a new generation of British guitar bands, one as indebted to the Strokes as they were to classic rock -- and it was a major hit in their native U.K., peaking at...
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Junk of the Heart, The Kooks
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  • $5.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music, Rock, Adult Alternative, Indie Rock
  • Released: Sep 13, 2011

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