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3.7 out of 5
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Gertrude da Goat

Flat and Disappointing

Much like Ray's last effort there is nothing exciting here. Truthfully, Ray Davies is one of the all-time greats. But there is not much evidence of that here. A few borrowed themes and ideas from previous works don't help much. This has some things in common wihtbe the Storyteller album from some years back. That was not much fun either, although the live shows were pretty good. I hope Ray has gotten this out of his system now anf comes up with something more straight ahead soon. There are few talents like him in this world. This is very disappointing.

Bash G

Ray The Man !!

Ray Davies is a songwriters’ songwriter , who influenced a wide ranging truly great musicians from Pete Townsend, Tom Petty , Mark Knopfler to name a few . His depth is writing about complex stuff in human experience and putting them in simple words is his genius, as evident in his second installment of the Americana series. Can’t wait for the new Kinks reunion album . God bless Ray Davies & The Kinks !!

Kinksy Winksy

Meh.

I am the most dedicated Ray Davies fan this side of Uranus. I openly weep in years when no new Ray music is forthcoming. That being said, Americana 1 had some (four) quality toetappers. This Americana 2, though, is way below Ray's usual impeccable, creative standards. This is something that should have been released 150 years after Ray's demise as "lost material" and experienced only for a one-time novelty listen. The upside is that Ray said the Kinks were recording a new album soon. Hopefully he'll be back in keen quality form there.

About Ray Davies

Ray Davies was the lead singer, chief songwriter, and rhythm guitarist in the Kinks, one of the most long-lived of the British Invasion rock groups of the 1960s. In effect, the Kinks had always been merely a backup group for Davies, who wrote and sang nearly all their songs with only the occasional contribution from his brother Dave, who played lead guitar in the group. At various times, Ray Davies made noises about dissolving the group and going solo, but for years the closest he came to it was taking solo credit for the soundtrack to his 1985 film, Return to Waterloo (which he wrote and directed), even though the music sounds as much like the Kinks as that on any regular Kinks record.

During the '90s, however, the Kinks gradually became inactive and Davies pursued other projects, starting with his semi-fictional 1995 memoir, X-Ray. He supported the book with a series of concerts subtitled Storyteller, where he played classic Kinks songs, read from the book, told stories, and showcased new songs. The Storyteller concerts sowed the seeds of a number of projects, including the music cable network VH1's recurring series of the same name. Davies himself released a book entitled Storyteller, filled with short stories, and a similarly titled album that captured one of his solo acoustic concerts. That record was his first solo effort since Return to Waterloo, and was released in the spring of 1998.

In late 2005 he released the benefit EP Thanksgiving Day. All net proceeds raised by the EP went to New Orleans music education programs. A year later the full-length Other People's Lives appeared, followed by Working Man's Cafe in 2008. A year later, in 2009, Davies released choral orchestral arrangements of some of his hit songs for The Kinks Choral Collection. Davies then devoted himself to See My Friends, an album project where he revisited his catalog with the assistance of such admirers as Bruce Springsteen, Metallica, Alex Chilton, Black Francis, Jackson Browne, and Spoon.

Davies published a second memoir, Americana, in 2013. Following its release, he worked on adapting the book into song, recording an album with the Jayhawks during the course of 2016. The resulting Americana appeared in April 2017. ~ William Ruhlmann & Stephen Thomas Erlewine

HOMETOWN
Muswell Hill, London, England
GENRE
Rock
BORN
June 21, 1944

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