The Kooks Inside In/Inside Out

PUBLISHED: 09:46 19 January 2006 | UPDATED: 09:27 06 May 2010

BURSTING from under the music industry s droopy New Year eyelids, The Kooks bouncy debut is a refreshing slap in the chops. Barely out of their teens, the Brighton schoolmates latest infectious single You Don t Love Me strongly features singer Luke Prit

BURSTING from under the music industry's droopy New Year eyelids, The Kooks' bouncy debut is a refreshing slap in the chops. Barely out of their teens, the Brighton schoolmates' latest infectious single You Don't Love Me strongly features singer Luke Pritchard's endearing/irritating affected accent.

This quickly dulls against the exuberant tracks here, kicked off with Seaside's languid acoustic strums, breached by a myriad of pleasingly chopped, immediate-sounding tunes - under half straying beyond three minutes. The Kooks straddle the Twister board of guitar genres with polish and dexterity; oikish gusto balanced steadily by limbs resting on the reggae, ska, blues, rock'n'roll and brash indie-pop circles.

Chart-friendly welding of sprightly melody and wide-eyed youth. 4/5

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