Today in Music History:
In 1978, Gerry Rafferty's album 'City To City' went to No.1 on the US chart, knocking off 'Saturday Night Fever', which had been at the top of the charts for almost six months.Phobia, released in 1993, was the final studio album by The Kinks. Let me tell you folks it is a kriminally overlooked Kinks klassic. Quite possibly one of their finest albums and certainly my favorite. If you're a fan of the "whimsical" or "quaint" Kinks, you may want to look elsewhere because this is a VERY dark album. This is an album of desperation... as the new century approached, Ray Davies sensed that idyllic parables could not express the spiritual/moral/mental crisis facing us as a species. So, he cranks up the amps on tracks like "Drift Away" and "Phobia" to make sure his message is heard. That is not to say that the CD is unmelodic... some of the Kinks' most attractive melodies to date can be found here. I strongly suspect that the people who have panned this album either have not fully listened to it, (they heard one track not to their liking and cast it aside)or they are so set in what they think the Kinks should be, that they cannot handle anything different. (They want an album filled with 16 "waterloo sunset" re-writes) I believe that anyone who truly sits down and absorbs all 79 minutes of this album will be rewarded with a batch of powerful songs which only sound more powerful with each passing day. Oh yeah it's also out of print.
Only a Dream