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by The Kooks
     
 

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Four albums into their career and it became clear to the Kooks it was time to shake things up. Their third record, 2011's Junk of the Heart, came dangerously close to the middle of the road -- it was excessively polished and reliant on measured pop tunes -- and didn't make anybody's pulse race, so the group decided to take a differentSee more details below

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Four albums into their career and it became clear to the Kooks it was time to shake things up. Their third record, 2011's Junk of the Heart, came dangerously close to the middle of the road -- it was excessively polished and reliant on measured pop tunes -- and didn't make anybody's pulse race, so the group decided to take a different tactic on 2014's Listen. Hooking up with Inflo, a British hip-hop producer who makes his big-time debut here, the Kooks definitively take a step toward a fresher, modern music, one that's informed by dance music and rap, not to mention a retro-new wave fetish that's simultaneously old and new. Classicists that they are, the Kooks don't necessarily sound futuristic as they expand their horizons; when they dabble in disco on "Forgive & Forget" they recall not only the future shock of 1980 but also Franz Ferdinand, the single "Down" dilutes and angelicizes Kid Rock's "Batwatdibaba," while "Westside" and "Are We Electric" get slathered in synths straight out of 1982. These rhythmic tracks, which are a far cry from the caution of Junk of the Heart, are paired with limber guitar pop ("It Was London," "Bad Habit") that is firmly within the quartet's wheelhouse. The more familiar sounds are paired with the sturdiest songwriting but what gathers attention here are the tracks furthest afield from the Kooks' traditional pop. Especially after the staid Junk, the deliberate liveliness of Listen is indeed welcome, and sometimes, the results come close to infectious.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/09/2014
Label:
Astralwerks
UPC:
0602537828968
catalogNumber:
002088502
Rank:
23050

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kooks   Primary Artist
Fraser T. Smith   Guitar,Keyboards
Ladonna Harley Peters   Choir, Chorus
Luke Pritchard   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Tambourine,Vocals,Hand Clapping
Hugh Harris   Guitar,Background Vocals
Susan Harriott   Choir, Chorus
Kate Fletcher   Crowd Noise
Olivia Williams   Choir, Chorus
Emily Holligan   Choir, Chorus
Peter Denton   Bass,Guitar,Percussion
Sharleen Linton   Choir, Chorus
Cleo Nikolic   Background Vocals
Phebe Edwards   Choir, Chorus
Inflo   Synthesizer,Percussion,Piano
Tommy Antonio   Piano,fender rhodes
Meshach Broderick   Choir, Chorus
Alexis Nunez   Bass,Percussion,Drums
Ezra Tafari   Choir, Chorus
Carmen Phelan   Violin,Viola
Betty Thorpe   Crowd Noise
Behind the Force Choir   Choir, Chorus
Naomi Osei   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Bob Ludwig   Mastering
Fraser T. Smith   Composer,Producer,drum programming
Luke Pritchard   Composer,Programming,Producer
Hugh Harris   Composer
Graham Archer   Engineer
Bill Halliday   Engineer
Joseph Rodgers   Engineer
Peter Denton   Composer
Inflo   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Alexis Nunez   Composer
Hayden Kays   Artwork
Carmen Phelan   String Arrangements

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