Review | Tuesday 30 August 2011
Junk of the Heart was produced by Tony Haffer, who has worked with Beck, Air and Belle & Sebastian. The album was recorded at The LA Sound Factory and London’s Sarm Studios. The band has had a few personnel changes since their last record, but still retain their quirky 60s Brit-pop sound, influenced by The Kinks and Bowie. The Kooks take their name from a wonderful early Bowie track from the classic 1971 Hunky Dory album. Fans of their earlier records will find much to appreciate on this new release. I managed to hear some tracks on YouTube; 'Happy', 'Eskimo Kiss' and 'Mr. Nice Guy' all contain that classic Kooks, cheeky British Kinks and Squeeze sound.
Michael Awosoga-Samuel is from Readings Carlton