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The Kinks Approach Their Peak,
This review is from: Something Else By The Kinks (Audio CD)While not quite approaching the greatness some of their contempories were achieving at the time, 'Something Else' found the Kinks really honing their craft to produce their most accomplished album up to this point in time. The songwriting and production was a great deal more focused than their previous efforts and if at times the songs lack the raw energy of previous albums, the sheer consistency found on 'Something Else' more than made up for it.
Ray Davies was now exclusively writing from an english perspective and many of the songs were now bathed in the mellow sounds typical of the Kinks late sixties output. Ray's sometimes quirky observations were now in full bloom with of a number of character songs eg. 'David Watt's', 'Two Sisters' (which is thought to relate to his relationship with brother Dave), songs related to the weather and the seasons, 'Lazy Old Sun', 'End Of The Season', and more general observations, 'Tin Soldier Man' and 'Afternoon Tea'. There are also a number of songs featuring Dave Davies on vocals including his hit 'Death Of A Clown' which generally adds a little muscle to proceedings. Of course the wonderful ' Waterloo Sunset' can't go without a mention.
There are also a few very inspiring extras including the singles 'Autumn Almanac', 'Suzannah's Still Alive' and 'Wonderboy' which are great enough to enhance any collection.
With 'Something Else' the Kinks were definitely approaching their peak although i don't think they quite reached it until their next couple of album releases.
'Something Else' is certain an essential purchase for any Kinks fan.