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The last third of The Kinks career contains some dreadful music, ruined further by some of the worst production ever committed to tape. But, because it is Ray Davies, some of those Arista and MCA records have some brilliant songs. It's unfortunate though, that many of them get lost in what would be considered bombast by Def Leppard. But not the last song on the last album released by Ray and Dave as The Kinks.
"Scattered,"from "Phobia," is perfect. It is perfect the way "Waterloo Sunset" is perfect. It is perfect the way "Something Better Beginning" is perfect. It is perfect the way "Oklahoma U.S.A." is perfect. It is the type of song that would appear four or five times on the same record during the Reprise years. There is no gimmick, no unnecessary or at least obvious quoting of past Kinks tunes, and no excessive anything. It's just gorgeous and is in my Top 10 list of Kinks tracks of all time.