Wednesday, March 2, 2011
So It Ain't "The Village Green."
When was the last time you listened to The Kinks' Present A Soap Opera? Probably not since the first time, when you were gobsmacked by its sheer ridiculousness. But, it's not that bad. As a matter of fact, once you get beyond some truly cringe-inducing moments like "Ordinary People" and "Rush Hour Blues," "Soap Opera" has some fine moments, even if it has the dark cloud of it not really being a true Kinks record.
"Have Another Drink," "You Make It All Worthwhile" and even the silly-but-rocking "Ducks On The Wall" are...dare I say it...classic Ray, if not in the "Something Else" and "Village Green" vein, at least in the....uh..."Soap Opera" vein.
And as an added incentive, it contains "A Face In The Crowd," which I think stands up to any great Ray tune.
Give "A Soap Opera" another chance.
A FACE IN THE CROWD