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  • Audio CD (25 Oct. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B003O7Z196
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Medium 1
Around The Dial
Give The People What They Want
Killer's Eyes
Predictable
Add It Up
Destroyer
Yo-Yo
Back To Front
Art Lover
A Little Bit Of Abuse
Better Things

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I have been a fan of The Kinks for a long time, but like many people I hadn't gone much further than the sixties hits. With recent Davies brothers documentaries on the TV and the splendid job done with these reissues of the RCA and Arista years, I decided to explore further.
This album in particular caught my attention because I have never heard The Kinks sound so heavy and aggressive. The tunes are still there of course but this is an out and out heavy rock sound- Mick Avory's drumming sounds fantastic. As much as I love bands that have their own sound, I love bands more when they take brave bold steps and rip up the rule book- this album exemplifies that!
For me the stand out tracks are the fantastic opener Around The Dial, Killer's Eyes, Destroyer and the wonderful song of consolation that closes the album Better Things. Elsewhere we have more disturbing fare in A Little Bit Of Abuse, about domestic violence and Art Lover, a creepy song about a man with an unhealthy fascination with young girls! This album will no doubt divide fans of the band, but for me its a winner, a tuneful, exciting album that improves with repeated listening!
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Many people dismiss The Kinks after 1970 and those that braved the concept albums often seem to become wary by the end of that decade. However, they are missing out on some extremely good songs, generally out of disappointment that the band did not just churn out parodies of their 60s material.

'Give The People What They Want' is undoubtedly a rock album, with a pleasingly full but still dynamic drum sound and arrangements which reflect the band's live audience at the time. However, there are still great tunes and a surprising degree of sensitivity overall.

Despite being a single and possessing an innovative video, 'Predictable' is one of the slighter songs here, albeit an enjoyable track. It pales in comparison with 'Art Lover', which initially seems to be about a dubious gent taking a little bit too much interest in the kids in his local park; however, it transpires he goes there because his own children no longer live with him and "it's just a substitute for what's been taken from me". Even this deliberately ambiguous lyric retains some humour, for example, "Come to daddy...and I'll give you some Spangles!"

Similarly, 'Yo-Yo', despite a solid (literally) musical arrangement, addresses domesticity plagued by dullness but with bursts of touching vulnerability, backed up by a strong tune. 'Add It Up', meanwhile, introduces us to the guitar riff Billy Idol found for 'White Wedding' a couple of years or so before the bleached one made it famous.

Quite a few Kinks albums don't wow you with the first listen but this one really does reward a couple of spins, even if you only do so for the sweet delight of the closing 'Better Things', which even the most cynical of disenchanted 'older Kinks' fans would surely appreciate.
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After years of going wherever his muse took him (quaint English nostalgia, country rock and overblown rock operas), Ray Davies took a more opportunistic approach during this era seemingly to fit into the new wave movement. To their credit, for a band that released their first album in 1964, Give The People What They Want sounds remarkably fresh and hip for 1981. They're rocking hard for the stadium crowd and Ray has adapted a more attitude-driven, mildly mean-spirited persona. There's some fine songs on here, particularly the punky Add It Up, the atmospheric Killer's Eyes and the beautiful optimistic classic Better Things. However, it does contain Destroyer, a truely pointless and unenjoyable exercise in self-plagarism which was bizarrely released as a single. With lyrics about murderers and domestic violence, the album contains quite atypical material for Davies and may be a hard pill to swallow for fans of Village Green and Arthur. Overall, it's probably my least favourite of the Arista-era albums (Sleepwalker - Word Of Mouth) but the best bits are great.
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