Simple, upbeat, and pleasant. Consistency has been the name of the game over the past decade for British rockers, the Kooks. Their latest effort, Listen, continues their cheery Brit-pop vibes shown in previous efforts with the insertion of new elements that set it apart from older projects. Listen starts off quick with “Around Town” and carries the energy for the entirety of the album all the way to the album’s final track “Sunrise.” “See Me Now” serves as a nice change of pace to what is a predominantly energetic album. There is a much stronger electronic influence in Listen than previous efforts, shying away from the guitar pop style that helped gain the group their initial popularity.
While the Kooks are certainly not setting the world on fire with Listen they add another consistent piece of work to their already impressive catalog. The Kooks have made large strides since their debut album, Inside In/Inside Out, and continue to improve as time progresses with this album giving them a serious case to gain the mainstream attention they have always been lacking. Keep an eye out for tracks such as “Down” and “Westside” to make their way onto mainstream alternative radio in the near future.