After a preview of the new album with the Bad Habit EP, British band The Kooks are back with their 4th full length album Listen. For this album, they worked with hip hop producer Inflo. Listen is fairly mainstream sounding even for them, with kind of an updated version of the Madchester sound from the early 90’s. There’s a lot of variety between songs, from the James Brown funk of “Down” to the flamenco flavored “Sunrise”. The album is a little disappointing since most of the songs aren’t as good as the three songs on here that appeared on the EP (“Bad Habit”, “Down” and “Around Town”), but some tracks like “It Was London”, “Are We Electric” and “Sunrise” hold up.
RIYL: Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, The Fratellis
Play: 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10