As the “Godfather of Brit Pop,” Ray Davies is a worldwide legend. Known for his ability to combine rock tunes with offbeat lyrics, his newest and first solo release is “a cocky, winning performance by a singer-songwriter who for the first time in his rock ‘n’ roll life, is truly on his own” (Rolling Stone).
Davies founded the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame group The Kinks with his brother Dave in 1963. The band continued releasing CDs into the early ’90s and their signature songs, including “You Really Got Me” and “All Day and All of The Night,” are iconic. Earlier this year, he released his first solo CD, Other People’s Lives, featuring songs recorded over the course of the last few years.
“The first words on the album are ‘Things are gonna change, this is the morning after,’”said Davies. “This indicates that I’m going to do things differently from now on. … The first thing I did (with the album) was to make demo recordings of everything I had written or half-finished and not released. Every album I’d recorded with The Kinks, the material was written as I recorded it, I had no time to think about the songs until I found myself on tour performing them.”
This new approach to making an album hasn’t changed the outcome. Alternative Press said “Davies’ tone has the ironic air of a cockney calypso, while the music anchors his musings in familiar surroundings.” And Billboard wrote, “Davies’ first solo studio collection has all the tasty ingredients that epitomized the Kinks — primarily Davies’ knowing lyrics and world-weary vocals.”
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