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Other People's Lives
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Top Customer Reviews
The CD booklet has great liner notes from Ray discussing the origin of the songs, how they came to be recorded, what he thinks of them now that they're finished. As usual the notes are clever, witty and feature his brand of self depreciating humor that fans love. While the material was written and recorded prior to his attack in New Orleans (he chasd a purse snatcher that had his girlfriend's stuff and was injured in a knife attack in the process) and Hurricane Katrina they sound like they capture that vibe.
His last album 1998's "The Storyteller" CD had some new material that was extremely good mixed in with vintage Kinks tunes as part of Ray's "audiobiography" tour for X-RAY. These songs were recorded in 2002 but weren't mixed until last year with finishing touches put on the album as well. At age 62 Ray has found his muse and that's good for us the listeners. Sure some people complain that Dave's biting guitar playing is missed (and it is on a few tracks)but it would also have felt out of place on some of these more intimate tracks. Besides, Dave's been busy making some fine music of his own with "Bug" and was recovering from his stroke last year.
Ray we missed you! Don't wait another 7 years to release the next album!
long time we've heard anything new from Ray (with or without the Kinks). Savor this one! A very solid 5 star CD!!!
But this is his first "real" solo album, and one of the big questions was if he could live up to the high standards of the many classic Kinks albums released during the last 40 years, without brother Dave's great guitar playing. The short answer to that question is, "Yes!".
On a some tracks a little Dave guitar would have been welcome; and also his characteristic high harmony vocals. But few only Kinks albums have such overall consistent songwriting as this new album. And Ray voice is apparently as strong as ever; I had the opportunity to see him perform here in Denmark last year, and it was a great show with Ray in top-form on all levels; in spite of having just recently recovered from complications concerning his New Orleans assault.
Two songs have already been released as singles in 2005 and they're both outstanding. "The Tourist" is a fine melodic song that has a quite heavy guitar break. "Thanksgiving Day" is "only" included as a hidden track, which is really quite strange, since it may very well be the strongest track of them all - the song shows that Ray's vocals and his songwriting are as good as ever.
The album starts off very effectively with the musically very strong track "The Morning After" - very much Kinks sounding ( Think Visual ).Read more ›
This album has already collected more Amazon.com reviews than many of its more famous predecessors from The Kinks, and it deserves it. Here's why: unlike all of his contemporaries - Macca, the Stones, Dylan The Who - Davies has preserved his gift for melody. Almost every song here is a belter: I've blasted them all out in the tube, in the shower, under the duvet and at the kitchen sink. Some of them are pure heaven.
Then there's that voice. Amazingly, for a man of 62, his singing sounds more pure, languid and varied than ever.I listened back to some of the early recordings (I Go To Sleep from 1965, for example) in which Ray sounds lovably fraught in a boyish way, and he's kept that but moved beyong it on this recording.
The Kinks always had a studied lack of style which confused the critics and put off record buyers. Something Else and Face To Face are real hotch potches of styles - all over the place in a crazy, unplanned way. Other People's Lives is the same, which is why it won't be a commercial succes. But it's right in line with its illustrious peers.
The writing is still intact: imagine Macca penning a brilliant satire on cultural imperialism like The Tourist; imagine Mick Jagger concocting the devastating (and tragic?) lines to All She Wrote; and does Dylan still have it in him to open his heart as Davies does in After The Fall?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a very good set of Ray Davies tunes, soon after bettered by the great Working Man's Cafe.Published 18 months ago by alan
I bought Ray's "Other People's Lives" on CD when it was originally released. Since I was just listening to parts of it again, I've decided to give my overall impression. Read morePublished 22 months ago by TP Reitzel
Ray Davies, Premier Songwriter, scores again with another triumphant album of musical masterpieces. Pure genius!!! Read morePublished on September 7, 2011 by Stephen Garvey
I really loved this cd, It hasn't a weak song on it. And it's about 'other peoples lives' literally. Ray is singing about other people pretty much. Read morePublished on January 6, 2011 by Michael Dobey
Who knew that the Kinks would sound like a Ray Davies album? Even without brother Dave's crazily perfect guitar parts this is almost a Kinks album. But not. Read morePublished on November 26, 2010 by OLD GUY.
If you love the song Waterloo Sunset then this is your album. Ray Davies delivers an introspective and restrained set of tunes that is unlikely to convert any new fans but will... Read morePublished on April 21, 2010 by Jonathan H. Stone
From start to finish,this album excels.There is no filler,no fluff.Davies is one of the finest, and perhaps the most overlooked songwriter of his time. Read morePublished on December 7, 2008 by David B. Owens