Inside In Inside Out review by The Kooks

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  • Released: Feb 7, 2006
  • Sound: 8
  • Lyrics: 9
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.8 (108 votes)
The Kooks: Inside In Inside Out
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Sound — 8
At first 'Seaside' is very unique to the rest of the album and stays that way. I think most people would agree it's because it's an acoustic and slow tempo song. They've used some good solos and a lot of diffrent structures and chords that produces a good sound altogether, nice composing. Their guitars sound great, but I think the drumming could improve, most of the time you can't hear it much compared to the guitars which are blasting riffs. We need to hear the drums more so that there's more of a beat to the tracks. The sound doesn't compare to any other bands. The closest would be Razorlight though. They're just as good as Razorlight talking music-wise. The songs are loud and cover a few rock genres. A nice collection of songs included in this album. The basist looks a bit like Razorlight's basist I've noticed.

Lyrics — 9
Something that's sortov weird about The Kooks is that they talk about girls in! Every single song which is annoying beacuse you don't only need some variety in your music but also in your lyrics aswell. But anyway, the lyrics are sung very well and is unique compared to other vocalists I know. There's loads of little nice techniques in there that you may spot throughout the album (included in both the lyrics and also the sound.) The lyrics goes well with the music and I love it when his voice goes all quiet with the music in a few of the songs. They go well with the music and have little storys in them like 'Arctic Monkeys' usually have. I wouldn't say the lyrics are as good as Razorlight's but they're on the right tracks of some good lyrics that they have created. All they need is a comeback album to really impress the judges.

Overall Impression — 8
The Kooks are totally awesome with their hair and their debut album was a hit. The most impressive songs on the album are 'Sofa Song', Eddie's Gun', 'Ooh La', 'She Moves In Her Own Way' and finally 'Naive'. Well basically the first nine songs are brilliant till the end of the album songs 10-14 which seems as if they've rushed them and hadn't put as much thought into them. You know like extra songs that no-one really cares about and when they had run out of ideas they just had a jam and put those as songs on the album. You have to be in the right mood to listen to The Kooks. One thing I'd like to know is what does the name 'The Kooks' mean and come from? But don't get me wrong these are great cool musicians. They remind me of The Veiw which seem to have several things in common with The Kooks. Seeing them perform 'Sofa Song' and 'Eddies Gun' live on stage would be fantastic, they'd be outstanding. You can sign up for their newsletter if you want at their site. Overall this is great indie.

21 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Robbert
    boredloserkid1 : McLellan wrote: Razorlight = Good Arctic Monkeys = Good The Kooks = Brilliant End of story. But The Strokes = Out Of This World You don't know where you talking about, Razorlight is crap. Arctic monkeys is an hype.and The strokes are ok. BUT. As a guitarist i know who knows a lot about music and who does not. SO i say that the RHCP are the best
    sakura'sdarkest
    aios wrote: thomasnewman wrote: the kooks are just a second rate razorlight. No one should pretend that they are anyway near as good as arctic monkeys. this album is a seven at best, and anyone who would pay 100 for it can speak to me about taking my copy of my hands. don listen to the punk who wrote the above. ive watched one of their performances and i thot that they were great.their sound isn bad i was actually surprised by it and so were their lyrics. i dont know about them being a second rate razorlight but i think they are worth a listen
    Please don't associate that kind of trash with Punk. I know punk , and i think I'm abit of a punk and I love the kooks
    trivium036
    You don't know where you talking about, Razorlight is crap. Arctic monkeys is an hype.and The strokes are ok. BUT. As a guitarist i know who knows a lot about music and who does not. SO i say that the RHCP are the best
    I" lol" at whoever said this. How can you compare razorlight and the kooks to rhcp in terms of writing? Theyre completely differant. I laugh at you my friend. Buy this album instead of konk. Its much better.
    johnny rex
    really i don't see why the kooks are compared to some of the bands they are compared to. in my opinion they are very good songwriters, and something about them is original and refreshing. i'm not an enormous fan, but i wouldn't consider them a second rate anythin.
    ms_tickley
    i love this disc. i felt every track was good whereas artic monkeys i only liked 4 or 5 tops another comparision that nobody made was to the fratellis
    k00kie M0nster
    SGplaya112 wrote: This is certainly one of the best albums since the 60's. I love how they have all these influences and not necessairly sound like anyone in particular. You can hear where they're coming from, but still they have their own sound. If you aren't a heart warming person or dont have a positive out look, I recommend staying away from this album. Only the mover and shakers of this world will admit these guys can possibly be near the beatles. I saw these guys live in D.C. and these guys are very, VERY serious about music. Now the thing I have to say about arctic monkeys... they're good. It's like another greenday. Not sure if thats so good, but nothing I hate about either. It's just that they both in common have found a JOO in the record buisness to fully support them. Thats not bad either, because other flacid musicians like John Mayer have done this. You gotta make a living somehow. If the arctic monkeys just for once talked about something people can relate to that would be nice. If they could use some of those guitar skills to make a melody, that could only help more. They have a very monotone sound.
    +1. Go Kooks!
    SGplaya112
    This is certainly one of the best albums since the 60's. I love how they have all these influences and not necessairly sound like anyone in particular. You can hear where they're coming from, but still they have their own sound. If you aren't a heart warming person or dont have a positive out look, I recommend staying away from this album. Only the mover and shakers of this world will admit these guys can possibly be near the beatles. I saw these guys live in D.C. and these guys are very, VERY serious about music. Now the thing I have to say about arctic monkeys... they're good. It's like another greenday. Not sure if thats so good, but nothing I hate about either. It's just that they both in common have found a JOO in the record buisness to fully support them. Thats not bad either, because other flacid musicians like John Mayer have done this. You gotta make a living somehow. If the arctic monkeys just for once talked about something people can relate to that would be nice. If they could use some of those guitar skills to make a melody, that could only help more. They have a very monotone sound.
    titsmcgee852
    Babydave wrote: Being a hardcore MUSE fan I thought that the Kooks were a good place to try and widen my musical collection. I bought this and the Fratellis and have been blown away by it. I love this album, its brilliant, i agree it kinda tails off towards the end but i think its more a case of the order the songs were placed on the album rather then the quality.The songs are reasonably simple but incredibly effective, especially Ooh La which with Seaside are my favorite tracks on the album. 9/10 in my eyes!!
    yewwwww! go MUSE and fratellis
    Babydave
    Being a hardcore MUSE fan I thought that the Kooks were a good place to try and widen my musical collection. I bought this and the Fratellis and have been blown away by it. I love this album, its brilliant, i agree it kinda tails off towards the end but i think its more a case of the order the songs were placed on the album rather then the quality.The songs are reasonably simple but incredibly effective, especially Ooh La which with Seaside are my favorite tracks on the album. 9/10 in my eyes!!
    METSOAD
    The best indie babnd around is the kaiser cheifs, this album is hugley over played, overrated but She Moves in Her Own Way is a slice of genius
    Daniel Pearce
    If only the few last songs on this album were as good as say: Eddies Gun or She Moves In Her Own Way then this would be a fantastic album.
    McLellan
    boredloserkid1 wrote: McLellan wrote: Razorlight = Good Arctic Monkeys = Good The Kooks = Brilliant End of story. But The Strokes = Out Of This World
    Would definately agree there about the strokes likes, amazing band. Since i posted that i would say the Arctic Monkeys are better than the kooks purely because havent listened to the album for a while now whereas i listen to the Arctic Monkeys quite often but the View beat both of them, IMO p.s. The View, The View, The View are on fire
    Daniel Pearce
    They are good but need something more - I don't know what it is. They're not as cool as say Red Hot Chili Peppers or The Strokes.
    skarface
    I agree with strokes4ever, let's not compare The Kooks with Arctic Monkeys or any other bands, let's be grateful that British music is going through a dead good time for new fresh talent. The Kooks have come up with a great debut with some good pop songs on it. They're a good band live and I feel that they have still more potential. Let's see how their second album feels, perhaps then we can start drawing comparisons.
    strokes4ever
    why has this become a band comparison forum, its ment to be about the kooks, the strokes maybe amazing, as are the chili peppers, bt whts tht got to do with this review? neway yes this is a very good album as well as original in my opinion
    Kurdt2k
    I really really REALLY do not understand when people compare The Kooks to Razorlight...where the hell do these comparisons come from, do people actually listen to the albums, or just think 'Oh Luke and Johnny both have curly hair...they must be the same!'? Seriously, The Kooks have a reggae-indie sound that to me is completely unique. I've seen them live twice and I have never seen such energy in a crowd.
    huggers44
    kaiser chiefs rule!! can't wait till their new album!! and RHCP are really boring.....their new album is 25 songs too long...and yeah the kooks are just another one of the immense new bands, e.g razorlight, arctic monkeys
    ch715dallat
    METSOAD wrote: The best indie babnd around is the kaiser cheifs, this album is hugley over played, overrated but She Moves in Her Own Way is a slice of genius
    holy christ man the kaiser chiefs are a steaming hot pile of shit, theyve been living of the back of that album for 3 years and two tours off it jeez theyre aweful. apart from 1 or 2 songs
    trivium036
    Wow, and can the reviewers please stop comparing bands in your reviews? Your supposed to be reviewing the album now comparing it to other bands music.