By Simon Vozick-Levinson
Updated April 18, 2008 at 04:00 AM EDT

Konk

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Ironically enough, there’s never been anything kooky about the Kooks. The English quartet’s sophomore CD Konk is another batch of British Invasion homages, complete with familiar guitar riffs and romantic lyrics that summon the spirit of ’66. Even as they shamelessly pillage the songwriting techniques of the Beatles, Stones, and Kinks, the Kooks also manage to capture a bit of their idols’ effusive energy (arguably a tougher task). Is this groundbreaking, breathtaking, shockingly fresh music? Of course not. But it’s hard not to get caught up in the lads’ enthusiasm. B+
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