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.