Other People's Lives
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Top Customer Reviews
I needn't have worried. The album is spectacular. The sound is not far away from The Kinks later material, and in passion, not far away from the mid-60s work. There are songs reminiscent of the legendary Kinks Village Green album (Next Door Neighbour) as well as songs unlike any in Davies' oeuvre (Other Peoples Lives, with its Latin sound). Ray is 61 years old but still has the passion of a younger man (not to mention the voice) on tracks like After The Fall and Things Are Gonna Change. The hidden track at the end of the last song, Thanksgiving Day seems like a tribute to the USA, where he has spent many of the last few years and is a jaunty pop song.
If you like this, check out The Storyteller, with its acoustic setting and its crazy narration. At 61, Ray Davies is finally, a bona-fide solo star.
Nothing touches ‘Waterloo Sunset’ during this period. It remains one of the most charismatic songs ever?
Ray hasn’t written that much since the Kinks disbanded – just 5 albums in nearly 30 years and none made the top 30! This did the best of all – to date.
How could you possibly compare to the success of the Kinks, who ruled for 30 years themselves?
This album is what I would recall ‘interesting!’ Davis’s lyrics are as always worth a listen and very ‘in the moment.’ or ‘in vogue.’
However, apart from ‘The Tourist,’ which in its self could have been a massive hit single if arranged appropriately, the rest are not quite in that league and frankly quite average? The album overall did little for me? Nice, interesting, mostly pleasant on the ear BUT unexceptional? Ray is in his 70’s now and so to expect him to produce another ‘Lola’ is frankly unrealistic. Having said that, he is definitely one of our best ever song writers, with great longevity, even if is later stuff is good but not great?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ray Davies at his best . Intelligent and beautiful music and lyrics.Published 15 months ago by michael
Having been a huge Kinks fan I approached this with a little trepidation -would it be Ray at his best (as in Village Green Preservation Society) or his over-indulgent worst... Read morePublished on 7 Aug. 2009 by Victor
Not over impressed with this album, considering it is Ray's first proper solo work.
There are one or two good songs, but nothing that stands out really. Read more
It's 13 years since the last Kinks studio album...in fact it's over 40 years since You Really Got Me (a tune I once rather foolishly attempted at Karaoke in Ibiza) hit the top of... Read morePublished on 27 Mar. 2006 by IWFIcon
Ray Davies's first solo album 'Other People's Lives' is a rather typical modern pop/rock album in that its slick and polished production and predictable arrangements (bordering on... Read morePublished on 26 Mar. 2006 by Jervis
Ray Davies is probably my hero. I discovered The Kinks when I was sixteen, about ten years ago, and they're something of a cult band among my friends. Read morePublished on 21 Mar. 2006 by habbish