The Kooks: Junk of the Heart

26 Dec

In the context of their earlier work, The KooksJunk of the Heart is a bit of a letdown.

For much of this album, the raw vocal and instrumental sound that we came to know in “Seaside” has been obscured by vocal processing and electronic as opposed to raw instrumental pieces. Listening to title track “Junk of the Heart”, one questions the whereabouts of the band members’ mothers, who should perhaps have been squawking at them that because all their friends are jumping off a hypothetical bridge is not reason enough for them to do so as well.

Whilst many instrumental introductions and first verses in this collection of The Kooks’ work feature pleasing rhythmic offsets between percussion and instrumental, getting one ready to start raving about “this GREAT new song by The Kooks…”, the band has a habit of dampening this musically-pleased mood with insufferably corny choruses, like those of “Killing Me” and “How’d You Like That”.

Corny choruses and dreary electronic work aside, this album has a few good songs. “Runaway”, in its bizarre, interesting-to-listen-to harmonies, plays an uncommon dynamic between high and low pitch, and “Time above the Earth” is a beautiful string-instrumental-based piece made all the more reaching for its brevity.

Whilst some of its tracks are enjoyable in isolation from the rest of the album, Junk of the Heart is plagued by too many dreary melodies and ill-fitting electronic additions to be an enjoyable and interesting work in its entirety.

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2 Responses to “The Kooks: Junk of the Heart”

  1. Dom 26 December 2011 at 9:38 PM #

    I’m glad I’m not the only person who was disappointed by this album. It’s not a bad album as such, but compared to Konk, it’s very tame.

    • Michelle Avenant 26 December 2011 at 10:00 PM #

      You’re quite right! Definitely not a bad album as such, but very dreary in light of what they’ve come out with in the past!

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