Ray Davies seems to have been around an awful long time -so to call this his first solo album is almost misleading. from his Storyteller and X-Ray shows and spin-off albums he's been creating music mainly by himself, with Phobia marking the last Kinks get-together. Those years have been spend honing and refining solid musical compositions and road-testing them before live audiences. Where he has let himself down somewhat has been in his production technique-till now! OPL is stunning from the outset -the brass, choir and guitars etc mixed throughout in an amazing and ever so subtle way. The classic 60s Ray is evident in Next Door Neighbour -a beautifully crafted, amusing song in Dedicated Follower of Fashion mode, but much more musically sophisticated, if not always lyrically. After the Fall, features angst with a fantastic glimpse of optimism, Better Things style, Stand Up Comedian and Thanksgiving Day (hidden track) both feature superb orchestrations, and Life After Breakfast breaks the rules of chorus structure in a novel way whilst providing the best audience participation type track I've ever heard (should he play it live). Listen through headphones to the sheer complexity and beauty of this album, or sing along. With one exception this is truly a masterpiece, both modern and retro without ever sounding dated or tired. If it wasn't for the occasional swear word these songs have top 10 written all over them. Ray is in the finest voice I've ever heard him, and the performances are fantastic. An un-missable album -and a beautiful cover too! Thank you Ray, for the Days!