Something Else By The Kinks Deluxe Edition
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Having cast asunder the power pop that defined the early Kinks sound for more considered lyricism, the Kinks left their mark on 1966 with the album Face to Face. Something Else, released in 1967, builds upon its predecessor's championing of the narrative song - songs that offer more than the singer's frustation at not being able to 'be with you all of the time'. Like the denigration of the taxman in 'Sunny Afternoon' on Face to Face, on Something Else the listener is witness to the sardonic envy of David Watts, perfect at everything.
In this way, along with songs like 'Harry Rag' and 'Tin Soldier Man', Ray Davies displays his skill at the creation of caricatures in his songs, a form borrowed by Blur ('Charmless Man', 'Tracey Jacks'), Oasis (She's Electric)and countless other bands.
Even Ray's brother, Dave, is on form here, with the fragile dirge, 'Death of a Clown'. Indeed, it was the creative tension between the two brothers that led Ray to vent his feelings regarding sibling rivalry on the incredible 'Two Sisters'. Another gem on the album is 'Situation Vacant' a tale of a put-upon son-in-law seeking employment, that underlines how what can initially look like mundane subject matter can in fact allow writers to explore universal themes, such as duty, familial ties, and sense of worth.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I particularly liked 'Two Sisters' and 'There's No Life Without Love'.Published 7 months ago by Richard Brook
That Ray could really work a smart lyric and my smelly fish pole. I want his gappy teeth around my flesh cylinderPublished 20 months ago by M. Ainsworth
The Kinks' 5th studio album is a lovely collection of 13 short songs, typically lasting an average of less than 3 minutes apiece. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Prog Rob
I was well impressed with how quick this arrived and will definitely be purchasing more kinks cds cos they're greatPublished on 24 Feb. 2014 by Joseph Petcher
Probably better appreciated as a retrospective than at it's inception, there are some nice gems on here to go with some of the big hitters that we all call for. Read morePublished on 4 Aug. 2013 by reggaerog
It was ok.It didn't take long to come. We only bought it for "Death of a Clown". The rest of the music wasn't to my taste, although my husband likes it.Published on 10 Feb. 2013 by doreen bean
What a gem! Ray Davies at the toppermost of his poppermost! "David Watts", "Two Sisters", "Afternoon Tea", "End Of The Season". I never tire of this album. Read morePublished on 12 Oct. 2012 by johnnybgoode
I love The Kinks. And there are cherished songs in this record that for some reason had escaped me in my most fertile kinksyears. Ray Davies is still my favorite songwriter. Read morePublished on 5 July 2010 by Nikolaos Oikonomidis
I have every kinks' record and this, along with its predecessor "Face to Face", is my favorite. What makes it so special is hard to describe, but these songs carry forward the... Read morePublished on 21 May 2010 by Amazon Customer