Single Review: The Kooks – The Saboteur

By on Tuesday, 21st June 2011 at 2:00 pm

Brighton’s Kooks have not released an album in 3 years (their last being 2008’s #1 charting ‘Konk’). But just last week, Luke Pritchard appeared on Zane Lowe’s Radio1 evening programme to talk a bit about being away from the music scene for so long and to present what the band is offering up ‘The Saboteur’ as a preview to the new album, ‘Junk of the Heart’.

I don’t really know much about the Kooks, so I’m looking at this new song from the point of view from a complete newbie. Hmmm. The slowed down bits remind me of late era Beatles and Queen. There seems to be a space-age quality to the vocals and random bleepy effects in the background. “I am the saboteur / and I will let you into my world”….um…what? I’m not really sure this is a world I want to be let into. It’s a bit sleazy? Is this the way music is going these days? I’d take cheesy over sleazy any day.

Overall, I’m not terribly impressed. Especially in light of the Darkness making a comeback this year. I welcome the Kooks to surprise me with the full album.


Listen to the song below. The Kooks have offered it up as a free download on this official Web site.


The Kooks will be touring in the UK this autumn – full details here. ‘Junk of the Heart’ will be released on 12 September.

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