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Tunes set to maturity
Formed in 2004, The Kooks are the Britpop’s best young band of the noughties. Britpop, a subgenre of rock and pop music, is characterised by the bands influenced by British guitar pop music of the 1960s, 1970s, and the indie rock from the 1980s, like The Smiths.

At the helm of Britpop movement were British bands like Suede and Blur. Soon other bands like Oasis, The Verve, Pulp, Placebo, Supergrass, Cast, Space, Sleeper and Elastica joined.

With their fourth album Listen, The Kooks have become serious. It is a bold change both in the music and the lyrics. It has elements of jazz, gospel and R&B. The opening song, Around Town, is arguably the best song, with the right blend of melody, instrumentation and vocals. It features bohemian things you can do in a town, but for Luke Pritchard (the band’s vocalist and guitarist), “all I need is somewhere to lay/ somewhere to lay my hat up.”

Forgive & Forget has fuzzy bass lines and a touch of the 70s funk, while Down is a hip-hop-inspired track with groove-infused loops heralding the new direction in which the band is headed. The Westside track talks about Luke’s two best friends’ marriage.

See Me Now is a piano ballad in which Luke Pritchard sings about his father, an aspiring musician, whom he lost when he was young. (If you could see me now... I hope I am living your dream, daddy/ Have a drink on me upstairs). It Was London is a song inspired by the London riots that took place several years ago. It is their answer to The Rolling Stones’s Street Fighting Man.The Kooks may have evolved. Stylistically different, they still retain their Britpop appeal. Their fans would certainly like them to be what they were.


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