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sold me out,
This review is from: Word Of Mouth (Audio CD)
The Kinks enjoyed a resurgence in the USA between 1977 and 1984 when they shook off the old thematic conceits and got back to combining straight rock music with Ray Davies's insightful lyrics. 'Sleepwalker', one of the stronger efforts, started it off and 'Word of Mouth', the weakest, ended it. There is, to use a cliche, a lot of perspiration here and not much inspiration. 'Do It Again' is the outstanding track with, perversely, slower songs such as 'Living On A Thin Line' among the best of the rest.
For once, RD's muse let him down, while the rockers are let down particularly by the drumming. Mick Avory - assuming he was still with the band, as I seem to recall he was sacked around this time - does little more than mark time on most of these songs. The album's only saving grace is its energy level and the first track.