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That this album kicks off with a song in Aggravation that could almost be the industrial aggro punks Killing Joke, is followed by a stadium rock choon straight from the FM rock stations of the day, before a fifties style rocker, horns and a piano based ballad continue the flow shows the variety and brilliance that Ray Davies has always possessed. The lyrics are spot on as usual and the production helps to keep it sounding contemporary (not an easy thing with most mid80's rock either!)
The album is rounded off with three Dave Davies songs (admittedly 2 bonus tracks) the best of which is Dear Margaret (about a certain Prime Minister of the time perchance?) which rocks like you wouldn't believe. The guitar playing from Dave throughout is excellent with the required crunchiness you would expect from the man that some say invented heavy metal 9and if that's not reason to give him a knighthood then I don't know what is!)
At the time of its release it may - like most post 1970 albums - have been largely ignored, but it really is time to reasses this most important of Brit bands (no Kinks = no Blur, Pulp or "arty" Britpop!) After all what were their great 60's contemporaries like Dylan, McCartney, the Stones and the Who doing in 1987? It's best not to remember frankly.
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I have every kinks album and I'm sorry I've tried but this is one that I jump every other track , treading water here for me .Published on 13 Jan. 2014 by r j bonington
As the late '80s marched on, The Kinks refused to back down despite the music-buying public's general lack of interest. Read morePublished on 2 April 2013 by Tim