Too Cool For School

FOUR KINGS: The Kooks’ The King & I is a cod-reggae tale of a miserable monarch

As any parent who has sat at traffic lights with The Wheels on the Bus blaring out the car window knows, after the stork arrives, it flies away with your last shred of cool. But help is at hand in the form of Colours Are Brighter, a compilation of 13 original songs[an error occurred while processing this directive] by alternative rock acts put together by Belle and Sebastian's Mick Cooke. Issued on Rough Trade, the label that evolved from the legendary punk-era London record shop, it's specifically for kids ("and grownups too" acknowledges the small print). "Go Go Ninja Dinosaur!" roots Four Tet's electro-tinged refrain...

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