'Listen' marks a real departure for the band who, after sticking with the same producer for their first 3 albums, struck up a new creative relationship with young hip hop pioneer Inflo to create a new sound for the record.
Luke Pritchard’s writing is also back to the exceptional standard of their debut set, the million+ selling 'Inside In Inside Out'. Featuring a new lineup with the inclusion of drummer Alexis Nunez, this effort sees the group strip back its sound & return to basics. "With a clatter & shuffle of drums & a blast of female gospel singers trilling “Oh Yeah”, The Kooks 4th album announces itself in surprising style. Bubbling bassline, scratchy slivers of guitar, deliciously syncopated handclaps & percussion, a woozy parp of trumpet & jazzy keyboard solo" 4/5 - telegraph.