11.17.11 | The Kooks | Webster Hall

Playing two sold-out shows at Webster Hall, The Kooks brought Britain back on the map with their cheery guitar rhythms and signature vocal sound. Complete with moves like Mick Jagger, frontman Luke Pritchard strutted around the stage in similar fashion, expertly cranking out old favorites as well as songs from their latest album, Junk of the Heart. Frequently throughout the night, I felt like I was in a different era, the one where there were four similarly mop-topped boys feverishly playing their instruments for a slew of girls (and in the aughts version, quite a few dandier boys). Such was the case especially when they played such hits such as "Naive" and "She Moves In Her Own Way". However, newer songs were also well-received, like "Is It Me" and "Mr. Nice Guy".

The new album shows a natural progression in the maturity of the band. Whereas their first two albums capitalized on the snotty mix of punk rock with brit pop, the new album seems to take a calculated effort at challenging the band to write meatier rock songs. While there are still plenty of their signature catchy pop songs, the album reveals that maybe these Brit boys have grown up.

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December 5, 2011 at 1:21 PM ×

You realize that "Moves Like Jagger" is actually the name of a song, right? Haha.

As an aside, "Seaside" is my favourite song by the Kooks.

December 7, 2011 at 6:55 PM ×

I actually only recently heard that song (before I wrote this post!)