This Kooks article was written by Jen Taylor, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Fraisia Dunn
It’s hard to believe that the seminal indie-pop album ‘Inside In/Inside Out’ by The Kooks is now 10 years old. 10 years ago, our younger selves were listening fervently to this album as the soundtrack to our summer; its fun and light-hearted nature being a perfect accompaniment for road trips and lazing in the sun. Despite its mid-winter UK release, the six singles released from the album carried it through the year as it underpinned our actions for the majority of 2006.
As a sentimental reflection on days of old, The Kooks have released a 10th anniversary edition of the album to commemorate its birthday. It has been released on one LP this time around, as opposed to the original 2 LP vinyl release.
From the first acoustic strums of ‘Seaside’, we are crooned back into the album, a reminder of how it seduced us the first time around – Luke Pritchard’s raw and intimate vocal track makes us want to be back at the seaside. This song is essentially Brighton, the very place that The Kooks originate from.
‘She Moves in Her Own Way’ still has the same happy connotations, and the memories of Pritchard’s casual cool in the video clip, as the band play on the edge of a pool or from the roof top, are not difficult to recall.
A lot has happened for The Kooks since they released their debut album. Their second album, ‘Konk,’ was popular, but with only the occasional hit after that, many might think they have faded into obscurity. But after four albums (and a recent album of remixes) under their belt, the reissue of ‘Inside In/Inside Out’ is a timely reminder of just how much it meant to us, and surprisingly still does; even a decade later the songs are still poignant and meaningful.
It is amusing to ponder idly on what might have happened were the album released for the first time now. It almost doesn’t even sound like a first offering; in fact when the band initially burst into the scene with it in 2006, they sounded like a fully formed band with a finely tuned album, not mere 20 year-olds on their first foray into the music industry.
This album was magic when it originally came out; bringing the alternative indie world out of the shadows and plunging it into the spotlight for everyone to enjoy. The sentimental response the reissue has received is proof that it has never been far from our thoughts.
The ‘Inside In/Inside Out’ re-issue is out now via Universal.