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Album Review

Ray Davies continues to turn out three or four brilliant songs on albums that barely anyone will ever hear. For Kinks fans, that's enough to justify the purchase of any of their recent albums, and the harder-edged Phobia is no exception to that rule.

Customer Reviews

Out with a bang

Rubbish to the AllMusic review about there being only 3 or 4 good songs on this album. "Phobia" — the Kinks' last (so far) studio album — came and went with little fanfare, but it's packed with great Ray (and Dave) Davies moments. "Scattered" stands up to any song from the Kinks' catalog, but it's hardly the only keeper here. "Drift Away" and "Only a Dream" were my initial favorites when this came out, but I continue to discover new gems here 15 years on down the line: "The Informer," "Still Searching," "Phobia," "Over the Edge," "Babies," "Surviving" ... and of course, "Hatred (A Duet)", where the brothers Davies have a whole lot of fun milking their legendary sibling rivalry for laughs (rockin' tune, too). Song for song, it's not quite as great as Ray's recent solo album, "Other People's Lives," but it ain't far behind.

wat a shame...

so this is the problem... this is a band that's been around for a very long time, people stop listening to their music. then they put out a great album like this, nobody even turns there heads to see, because they don't know about, how r they supposed to? this is a band under the name of a band that's run it's course. what a shame...


This is one of the better Kinks albums. Hatred (A Duet) is my personal favorite on this one, with a Rolling Stones-type chorus that is catchy as hell!


Formed: 1963 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Although they weren't as boldly innovative as the Beatles or as popular as the Rolling Stones or the Who, the Kinks were one of the most influential bands of the British Invasion. Like most bands of their era, the Kinks began as an R&B/blues outfit. Within four years, the band had become the most staunchly English of all their contemporaries, drawing heavily from British music hall and traditional pop, as well as incorporating elements of country, folk, and blues. Throughout their long, varied career,...
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