It's had to believe Kinks front-man and legendary songwriter Ray Davies had never released a solo album, unless you count some soundtrack work or a VH1 Storytellers CD that was mostly Kinks music. It's also fascinating that the more things change the more they stay the same. Ray Davies still writes songs about the winners and losers of life, the state of Bloddy Olde
Blasting out of the speakers "Things are Gonna Change" is perhaps the prototype Davies song, a tale of a hard fought life, and someone who was resolute in not giving in. "Is There Life After Breakfast" and "After the Fall Is Over" follows this quest for redemption while "Next Door Neighbor" is a classic Davies song about the life of the "little guy" and their trials and tribulations throughout life. While many of the songs fall back into a mid-tempo groove, it is the deep richness of the lyrics that keep the music on edge and never falling back into sentimentality or narcissism.
"Other People's Lives" is Van Morrison style anti-paparazzi rant that takes the media to task for their love of smut and lack of ethics. For the impact that his sojourn in