Picks and Pans Review: Think Visual
Hail to thee, Ray Davies. During more than two decades you have written some of the most clever, sexy and thoughtful pop-rock songs ever, helping make your Kinks one of the coolest rock bands in history. The list of your greatest hits, which would make a six-record set if anyone gathered them all, just keeps expanding: Tired of Waiting for You, All Day and All of the Night, Lola, Waterloo Sunset, Celluloid Heroes, Low Budget, Better Things and on and on. Now with your 25th album, you give us more of the same. Lost and Found captures the romantic mood some of us felt when 1985's Hurricane Gloria forced otherwise insolent New Yorkers to huddle indoors. Working at the Factory is the kind of blue-collar anthem that makes even white-collar types want to rock out. Sure, just like almost every other Kinks album, Think Visual has clunkers on it. Some sound as if you churned them out too fast. A couple of other bombs were written by your brother Dave, who plays a mean guitar and does fine on harmony but should sell his songs to Journey or Aerosmith. These low points don't ruin the album, though. You said it all with How Are You?, the new song that deftly describes the mixed feelings long-lost friends feel when they meet on the street. For your fans, encountering old faults along with new triumphs is part of the fun. We're glad to have run into you again. (MCA)
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