Monday, March 09, 2009

Word of Mouth

Word of Mouth is the 29th album by The Kinks which came out in 1984. It's a great album (the last great Kinks album, in fact) that for some reason is consistently overlooked in favor of the Kinks' other Arista efforts. Sure, there are 1 or 2 of tracks that might not be up to snuff. That is to say they're not quite my cup of tea(maybe the tracks"Too Hot" or "Massive Reductions"), but the highlights more than make up for them. "Do It Again," "Good Day," and "Summer's Gone" are some of Ray's very best '80s compositions, and "Living on a Thin Line" is probably the best song Dave Davies ever wrote. The "Word Of Mouth" era was a tension-filled period for the Davies brothers Ray and Dave. Ray was coping with his breakup from Chrissie Hynde, Dave was greatly frustrated at the lack of promotion by Warner Brothers for his 1983 solo album "Chosen People", the relationship between Ray and Dave was on shaky ground, and Dave was growing increasingly intolerant of drummer Mick Avory(I think Mick only played on three tracks here). Still the album is somewhat upbeat with a summery feel and not as dark as the previous two albums. Let's face one thing though, as good as the album is, the artwork for the cover is one of the most hideous ever.

Living on a Thin Line
Missing Persons
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