Release Date: Aug 31, 2018
Record label: Sony Music
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
On their fifth set, Kinks-obsessed Brighton lads the Kooks take a step back from 2014's beat-driven Listen and balance the occasional big moments with confident restraint. Ideal for fans of late-era Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, and Blossoms, Let's Go Sunshine isn't as cheerful as the title suggests: a mostly tame affair packed with patient groovers and some lush production, this is a full-album experience with a few punchy standouts. Forgoing the youthful cheek that defined their earlier releases, Sunshine can be a bit of a slog: at 15 tracks, it gets bogged down by the contemplative exercises, but resuscitated by the festival-sized anthems punctuated throughout.
The Kooks are a band that have oft been romanticised by a generation of fans. For those of us of a certain age, The Kooks' 'Inside In/Inside Out' felt like a water cooler moment, a coming of age, if you will. Their latest release, 'Let's Go Sunshine' does not feel the same, though that is clearly not the band's intention. Though this release is not as progressive or experimental as it's predecessor, 'Listen', which proved to be divisive, it has its high points.