Album review: The Kooks - Let's Go Sunshine
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“We’re just having a good time, honey” - the first and last words sang on The Kooks’ brand new album, Let’s Go Sunshine. Brighton born and raised, The Kooks are an indie heritage band. We respect and listen to their words and anthems, reminiscing about the times when we were drinking Red Stripe at a festival swaying to 'She Moves In Her Own Way'. They are key players in the formation of the British indie-rock genre that as a nation, we are hailed for and continuously inspire new bands to join. Their last album The Best Of… So Far disappointed us. These guitar legends promised new music that would bring back the nostalgia of Inside In/Inside Out but it just didn’t hit the mark we all needed after the incredible masterpiece of Listen. We needed to see the lads mature, bring back their hooks but with a new flair, and thankfully in 2018, we got it.
their younger, more pop-orientated audience want so desperately to hear.
Much to our delight, the final song of the record is a classic Kooks anthem: “We’re just having a good time, honey / No need to apply / No pressure”, inviting each and every one of us to release any pent-up frustrations and tension in a feelgood singalong. The final track shows us that The Kooks themselves have had enough of the mounting pressure from fans to recreate their original tracks, and are telling us they want to have a good time and simply do things they enjoy. That’s a motto I’ll happily live by.
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