Junk of the Heart - ASTRALWERKS
FILTER Grade: 73%
By Nevin Martell on September 14, 2011
The Kooks have always had more charm than talent. The U.K. fourpiece’s 2006 eponymous debut was as winning as they come during the first few listens, but its simple pop tunes lost their luster over time. After a largely ignored sophomore set, the quartet is back with a third album burdened with the get-your-jokes-ready title Junk of the Heart. Caveat emptor: It turns out that these dozen songs aren’t so much trash as they are trinkets. They might seem like a good idea when you first discover them, but they are discarded easily and without regret. Even the two highlights here—the breezy, bopping title track and chipper “Eskimo Kiss”—are quickly forgotten. The band proves once more that you can’t get by on just clever quips and happy-go-lucky hooks. It’s too bad, because these catchy compositions would be worth replaying if only they had more substance.