Let's Go Sunshine

The Kooks - Let's Go Sunshine
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2018 Ratings: #716 / 735
User Score
Based on 50 ratings
2018 Ratings: #965
August 31, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Lonely Cat, AWAL / Label
Indie Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
The Skinny

The indie-rock stars prove they’ve still got it on a record that epitomises everything the four-piece have done wonderfully for over a decade.

70
AllMusic

Let's Go Sunshine is a mature progression for the Kooks, one that points in the right direction for the band's evolution.

70
Northern Transmissions

This mix of overproduced tones and uneven directions makes the record feel often disjointed or dishonest, even though the lyrics are not.

60
Clash

‘Let’s Go Sunshine’ is a solid album, though not groundbreaking.

50
PopMatters

A sometimes pleasant but ultimately uneven album - not one worth hating, by any means, but not one that shows the Kooks' best qualities, much less takes them to another level.

50
Exclaim!

If they dropped the ambitious approach of 15 tracks and stuck with the most notable eight or nine, Let's Go Sunshine might have been a bit more consistent and interesting.

40
Dork

The nagging stench of ‘real music’ is present in the many meandering ballads and acoustic troubadour vignettes.

40
NME

They’ve streamed their way out of the indie landfill, but the Brighton band’s fifth album belongs in the bargain bin.

30
God Is in the TV

If the idea of restaging the 1974 Reading Festival in a Centerparcs sounds attractive to you, then you’ll love Let’s Go Sunshine. Me, I’m just amazed – and somewhat depressed – that, in 2018, such a record actually exists.

davecoop18
39
This album is buttered noodles. When you're a kid they're the greatest thing ever, but when you grow up you actually want something with a taste. This album has no redeeming qualities, and I'm sure middle schoolers will love it.
85
Music that distinguishes from obsolete pop music
RKanharn
47
The Kooks seem to have some solid songs going on during the early part of the album, but later it sounds like they are just filling time.

If the album was the first 7 + No Pressure, I think I would be scoring a lot more positively, it's a shame because there is nothing of positive note on tracks 8-14.

Best Songs: Kids, Fractured and Dazed, Four Leaf Clover, No Pressure.
Vitaminchick
30
Something went terribly wrong.
SebastianWolf
52
Inbetween the highlights, Let's Go Sunshine is boring, formulaic, and under-written. The Kooks still has a little charm left which is the only thing saving this album.

Favourites: Kids // Four Leaf Clover (best) // No Pressure
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Track List

  1. Intro
  2. Kids
  3. All the Time
  4. Believe
  5. Fractured and Dazed
  6. Chicken Bone
  7. Four Leaf Clover
  8. Tesco Disco
  9. Honey Bee
  10. Initials for Gainsbourg
  11. Pamela
  12. Picture Frame
  13. Swing Low
  14. Weight of the World
  15. No Pressure
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