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The Decline and Fall of The Kinks,
This review is from: Muswell Hillbillies (Audio CD)
After a string of great albums from Face to Face to Lola Vs Powerman The Kinks went into terminal decline. I remember buying this album at the time and thinking they had sold out to America. If songs about old west Virginia and Oklahoma weren't bad enough, Ray's constant whinging about modern life began to increasingly jar. Although the production was crisp, it lacked that density of sound that made listening to the old records such a delight. There were a lot of struggles in Ray Davies' life at the time and a change of labels which no doubt contributed to his vanishing muse. However, no matter how great any group is they all seem to have a purple patch that defines their career and the rest is pretty much disposable. Even The Beatles White Album was patchy and they finally tripped up on Let It Be and The Rolling Stones records became irrelevant after Exile on Main St. Still, The Kinks are one of the great enduring groups of sixties who produced much great stuff in their prime.