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Dave Davies' opening collaboration with Anti-Flag on "Little Green Amp" features the chord progression from The Kinks' "All Day and All of the Night" and "Destroyer," but it's the follow-up tune with Ty Segall that's actually called "Livin' in the Past." Yet as with all things Davies—be it from Dave or brother Ray—things are more complex than they seem. I Will Be Me, Dave's second studio album since a major stroke in 2004, is sure to satisfy hardcore Kinks fans who've always loved his thoughtful way with a melody. After the heaviness of the first two tracks, "The Healing Boy" (with Yura Zeleznik and The Jigsaw Seen) creates a gentle, orchestrated flow, while "Midnight in L.A." (with Bruce Tyner and The Jigsaw Seen) settles into a modest jangle with hints of pedal steel guitar and a police siren. The British blues group Oli Brown Band throws a laid-back Memphis groove into "The Actress," as Dave fights for every note. Davies' voice isn't in the strongest form, but it's human and expressive and the sound of lifelong musician keeping in touch with the community he inspired. 

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Most Welcome!!

Its fantastic hearing Dave again. Following his stoke from ten years back, he has surrounded himself with some nice support. (In particular, bands like The Jigsaw Seen are perfect support for Dave.) But this album is really about Dave his new songs and of course his guitar. There are some heavy rockers which you would expect from Dave but also some beautiful ballads like "Healing Boy." The production is great throughout.

I hope this is just the first of many new albums from Dave. I love it!

Well done, Bloke!

Always a Kinks fan, solidly in the Ray Davies camp, I'd never been exposed to much of what Dave had to offer outside of one or two tracks on each of the group's albums over the years. This whole album is very well done, my favorite track being "Remember The Future." Stunning.

I Will Be Me

So good to see you back and kicking butt. Saw you last in Philly at The NorthStar. You tore up, as did the whole band. Afterwards, you came outside and talked Citroen's with a dear friend of mine.

Biography

Born: February 3, 1947 in Muswell Hill, London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Although he took a largely subordinate role to his brother Ray in the Kinks, Dave's fierce guitar work and hoarse but effective background (and occasional lead) vocals were key elements of the band's appeal. Dave also occasionally wrote songs for the Kinks that showed him to be a writer of considerable skill and wit, if not up to the same level as Ray. In the late '60s, Dave made some solo singles that met with critical success in Britain, although they were unknown in the U.S. "Death of a Clown"...
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