Konk’s title pays homage to the Ray Davies-owned studio at which it was recorded, but the only blatant Kinks influence here is the story within “Mr. Maker,” an update on “A Well Respected Man.” Konk is half-sweet, half-glossy, its finest songs those which are stripped down: “See the Sun,” “Tick of Time,” and hidden track “All Over Town.” “Do You Wanna” is a big cheesefest, an odd attempt at seduction by a vocalist whose voice hasn’t caught up with his real age, topping off an unexpectedly disco balance of the Rolling Stones’ “Miss You” and Franz Ferdinand’s – yes – “Do You Want To.”
Lyrics are corny and revolve around a love lost or long-distance, and save for “Tick of Time,” there’s nary a hint of reggae influence to show off Paul Garred’s drumming or balance the hippie-fest that is Luke Pritchard. But Konk is a sweet effort from a few men of age.
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