The Kooks – Let’s Go Sunshine

The Kooks are all set to release their new album, Let’s Go Sunshine, this Friday. We got a copy early and had a few listens to see what the record was like. It’s fairly good for the most part, however we did find a few flaws along the way.

By Jane Howkins

Let’s Go Sunshine is a fairly solid indie record, although it must be said that the band’s sound seems to be more pop-rock nowadays. They’ve certainly matured in the last few years, and this latest release shows a much different band to the one that most people will be more familiar with. There’s a much deeper level of maturity present on all accounts, with both the music and lyrical themes sounding greater all round.

The instrumentation is also rather impressive, and you get the sense that there are a lot of different layers present throughout. It’s certainly the sort of album you need to listen to a few times over to begin to appreciate it, and whilst some of the tracks do sound a little samey at first, they do begin to show their true potential after a few spins. An early favourite of ours was All The Time, which features a jazzy acoustic guitar melody and a funky back beat, before heading into an extremely catchy chorus (albeit with an overused chord progression).

This is one of the things we find strange about Let’s Go Sunshine as a whole. The band are clearly wanting to branch out and do things a little differently, but at the same time there doesn’t appear to be anything here that hasn’t been done before. It’s like they’re reaching out for greatness, and by doing so they fall short. That’s not to say that it isn’t a good album as it really is, but it’s just not ‘great’. One of the main topics here is love, with frontman Luke Pritchard having introduced a new lady into his life whilst writing and recording the album. This is one of the ways in which a more mature theme seems to have been brought into Let’s Go Sunshine, and whilst it does work for the most part, at times it comes across as being incredibly cheesy, with Honey Bee being the worst offender for us.

There is great potential on Let’s Go Sunshine, and generally speaking it’s a pretty good album. However, it could have been so much better, and we can’t help but feel that if a little more effort had been put into the songwriting then we would have a whole different beast on our hands. It’s still worth checking out mind.