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Something Else By The Kinks

The Kinks

1967

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Something Else By The Kinks

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3.24

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Very chill, great atmosphere and just a bit silly. Reminds me a bit of the Beatles, actually. I very much enjoyed it.

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Perhaps the Kinks’ best album. Very sonically diverse

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Prior to the 90s I think I was only aware of the Kinks from Lola (I knew You Really Got Me but I don't think I knew who it was by). I came to the whole 60s psychedelic rock/British invasion/folk revival in my college days. A fine album though I think Village Green is still my favorite

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5

I love The Kinks. Especially on albums like this where they weave a tapestry of these down to earth musical short stories.

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So far I only new Lola by The Kinks. Nice to know not all of their songs are about a teenager losing his virginity to a middle-aged crossdresser. Nice album, a couple good songs, similarities to the trippier phases of The Beatles. Didn't know Waterloo Sunset was by them.

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I really need to listen to this band more. Feels like a transitional record for them, but it’s still great.

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A really solid album from The Kinks which showcases Ray Davies' song writing talent. He deserves to be spoken of in the same breath as Lennon and McCartney. And whilst the album isn't replete with hits, it's an enjoyable listen nevertheless, with Davies' eye for observational storytelling holding your attention. Add to that a solid rhythm section and the excellent, under-appreciated Dave Davies on lead guitar and this is one of the best albums of the sixties. And, as if that isn't enough, the album includes Waterloo Sunset - a masterpiece, not just a great sixties record but one of the greatest songs of all time. This is Davies' legacy - a piece of music that will be talked about by future generations.

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Second Kinks album in two weeks. Still not an album with hits, but I guess they don't have as many "hits" as I thought. Like the first, this is certainly fine music. I admire it a little more for committing to this old timey music bit. It's less 1960s rock, and more 1860s saloon music. But aside from that novelty, I wasn't too impressed. At this point, I think I'm good on the Kinks for at least a few months. Favorite tracks: No Return, Death of a Clown, Situation Vacant. Album art: Pretty simple design, but I give them credit for again committing to the old timey music bit. The ancient-looking photos and layout fits the aesthetic perfectly. 3/5

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A lot of these songs sound like Beatles songs. I'm not saying they're knock offs necessarily, but they're like the Pibb Extra to the Beatles' Dr. Pepper. Overall passable I suppose. The low point was definitely No Return, which sounds generic and boring and has terrible mixing to boot. Suzanne's Still Alive, Harry Rag, and Tin Silver Man are probably the most notable and enjoyable tracks. I will probably not be listening to this album as a whole ever again, though.

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I had to watch Yellow Submarine last week and it's a watered down version of that. Also, I'm not really a fan of the Beatles so overall: Kinda Butt

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Kinks have some great songs, but this album is boring.

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What am I missing? Really disappointing, was expecting more. Released the same year the Beatles released Revolver this sounds like an album made by children. Waterloo Sunset is the only really strong song. Everything else sounds like a collection of bad Beatles throwaways.

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Meh. This one's pretty boring, honestly. There's nothing that stands out as particularly interesting or unique and a lot that just sounds like low-budget rip-offs of other bands.

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The virgin Harry Rag vs. the chad David Watts

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no more Kinks Please

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Can't even remember listening to it.

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5

WHAT AN AWESOME BAND,

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5

It should be in every sensible human's best interests to hate on the British, for they are the British, but the Kinks are the only band in Britain that genuinely make one feel any sympathy for the country. It's quite a shame that the band is merely a national treasure but they're all the better for their uncompromising approach to music. While everyone was playing baby tunes, they were pumping out hard rock riffs and then when everyone went psychedelic, they retreated into beautiful nuanced and bittersweet pictures of pastoral life. On this record, you get genius melodies and you get simple things. As you should.

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4.5 stars, mostly brilliant

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Have always loved this album

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5

Very much enjoy the sound of the Kinks. Very cool 60s. I appreciate the familiarity of the sound, paired with the fact that I hadn't heard any of these songs before. Would listen again.

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5

If you told me this was The Beatles I'd believe you.

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5

Already loved The Kinks, it was fun to hear more songs from them!

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5

At least two familiar songs.

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Fun. First song made me dance. Good happy oldies. Good for work

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(Y)

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So great

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5

Un obra de genialidad. Brillantes.

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5

Great Album of 60's nostalgia.

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Similar Artist: The Beatles

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5

I’ve got this but was great hearing it again- I’ll need to dig out my Kinks CDs!

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5

It sounds very much like the 1960s but has a uniquely calm and innovative charm. I was surprised that they had so much more range than I thought

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5

Always love this kind of music

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Second set of Kinks. No bad thing. Yep, it's The Kinks alright. Cannot complain even a little bit.

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I liked this very much

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5

Love the Kinks more and more everytime I listen to them. Not a bad song on here.

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5

the best album. they have waterloo sunset

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5

Interesting that this album was not as successful as some of the "Greatest Hits" albums released at the same time, this is the kinks changing their style from pop puppets to the brilliant masters of influential sardonically English pop/rock. Highlights include the great "David Watts" later recorded by Paul Weller and The Jam. The fraternal bickering that has unfortunately dogged the band through the years is writ large by the fact that, another highlight, "Death Of A Clown" so clearly written by David is credited as David/Ray because Ray added the La-Las into the refrain! Love this as a piece of musical history and also an important part of the Kinks journey to the "Village Greenary" that is as quintessentially English as Music Hall, Ian Drury and Only Fools and Horses! Great choice and of course has the classic "Waterloo Sunset" to boot! Rightfully on this list.

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5

Can really hear the DNA of rock n roll in this. One of the rare Beatles contemporaries who, despite being in the same space, sound different and unique. The first time I heard Act Nice and Gentle was as a Black Keys cover, and it took me a while to even figure out that it was a cover, but it goes to show how much they have influenced subsequent generations. Excellent album.

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Whereas the rock bands of 1967 were submitting themselves to the bold, colorful psychedelic style of the Swinging Sixties, The Kinks were busy doing... Something Else. Remaining in their increasingly character driven world while others were exploring tantalizing terrains, The Kinks showed that they could still keep up with taut, often impressionistic compositions that highlighted the normal people that were left behind in the psychedelic boom. As the album cover suggests, they made quite the usage with the gray, drab lives led by those who were either idolized or sympathized and often wonders whether or not they deserved better. As an alternative to the much heralded Aquarian age, Something Else shines as an example of The Kinks' obvious greatness. Favorites: David Watts, Death of a Clown, Two Sisters, Harry Rag, Tin Soldier Man, Situation Vacant, Love Me Till the Sun Shines, Afternoon Tea, Waterloo Sunset.

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5

I love the Kinks. They are so playful with their lyrics and theme. This album was a hoot. '60s Brit pop rock at its finest.

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5

Damnnn

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5

this is such a good album. i wanna say something goofy about it but it is so good. the songwriting is beatles-y but not in an annoying derivative way. i just love the kinks

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Another great 60s album of the Kinks - I always rated it above Face to Face, which I gave 5 stars half a year ago or so. The two singles are evergreens of course but the majority of the other songs are equally good and some of them are just as known as well.

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Encore un classique du Rock 60's

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Great

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4

Beach boys vibes, pretty chill tunes

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Dope, lot of really raw sounds. Love the vintage textures. Didn’t super blow me away though

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If you don't like The Kinks you're a chump

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4

Such a unique sound. I haven't heard many of these songs, but they are instantly recognizable.

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This reminded me a lot of the Beatles, except one song that kind of reminded me of Bob Dylan. Good listen

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Good vibes, enjoy

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Sound molto alla Beatles, molto piacevoli e coerenti. Waterloo sunset e Wonderboy assolutamente memorabili.

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Great album, Beatles-esque but a bit more alt. Would listen again and explore more

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It’s good. Hard to understand the importance of albums like this. It was probably more “groundbreaking” back in the day but it still has some good pop rock 60s songs.

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4

A great album but a little messy. I didn't get a signature in all songs like I saw in other albums of The kinks.

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One of their worst of their first 7 years… which still means a very good record.

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Bests memoriea from hearing theese songs.

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Best leuk af en toe

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Heard this before but not for a very long time. David Watts still a classic.

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4

Weird and funny and fun, wasn’t really in the mood though

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Love The Kinks!

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4

Haven't listened to this one in a long time. Good album but not my favorite by The Kinks.

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Very cool album.

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Good spread of roots rock and all the styles the 60s had to offer

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4

I was lukewarm on the first half. The second was fantastic.

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4

Amazing, so hyped to hear what they would go on to make...

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Nice album. Has some classics from my highschool years. Can't go wrong :)

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I like David Watts :D And I vibe w Tin Soldier Man, brain brrr idk Listening to this makes me feel pretty good idk It's not so much that there are single exceptional songs, but they're all pretty ok?

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40. Ai quem me dera ser o fim da primavera. Ter folhagem e tronco maciço, falar como o Ricardo Carriço. MotA: David Watts "I am a dull and simple lad / Cannot tell water from champagne / And I have never met the Queen"

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I love the Kinks but this 3rd or 4th among their earlier albums for me. Still David Watts, Death of a Clown, Harry Rag and Waterloo Sunset...classics all. Tempted to give it 5 but gotta give it 4 🌟 saving 5 stars for Arthur and Village Green

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4

Scoots along at a decent lick. It's a good album that can save Waterloo Sunset to be last track.

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Loved it - the classics and some I wasn't so familiar with!

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I like the Kinks, and have listened to several of their songs multiple times. The only track that I knew off of this album is "Waterloo Sunset" which is a track that I pull up from time to time. Most of the album was okay, but I think that I like this album enough that it creeps over the edge enough to give the album 4 stars.

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After this album, I listened to The Kinks debut album. The debut album is 5/5. This album is very Beatles esq.

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Aside from one or two songs, I will never rate The Kinks incredibly highly. They just don't hook me like The Beatles do. But, conversely, I will also never rate a Kinks album low. It is always a good listen that feels well worth my time. When my ADHD-riddled brain is able to focus in on the lyrics a bit more, I appreciate that The Kinks do social commentary head-and-shoulders better than their contemporaries. Harry Rag and Waterloo Sunset stick out the most here. Harry Rag because it sounds gross, and Waterloo Sunset because it's a cracking song.

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4

This is my second favorite Kinks album after Muswell Hillbillies, and that is all.

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4

A fruit cake full of tasty treats with quite a bit of filler. I liked the number of shorter songs but some still managed to outlive their welcome. But the standout songs are still world class. A mixed bag.

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Like the Beatles but not as dope

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muy bueno para andar en bicicleta cuando hay sol

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4

Great '60s band. Not only one more of those times.

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7/10

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4

Couple of good songs

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4

Not as good as village green or Arthur but still an incredible album. Waterloo sunset might be the greatest song ever written. Lovely little tunes.

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I mean it's the Kinks. It's like rating a Beatles album, it's kinda rude to give anything less than 4 stars considering how influential and movement-starting these albums are.

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Pretty pop that preceded The Shins, Modest Mouse, Phoenix, etc. "Waterloo Sunset" is a fucking well crafted song

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4

A lot of kinks I'd not heard - well worth a listen

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Bastante bien. Setentero. Pone baroque pop ... no sé. Un rock suave setentero. Como The Clash

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Rock sesentero que parece un musical. Curioso.

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4

Kinky for sure

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4

Very quirky and unique. Lovely British storytelling songs. Lots of interesting instrumental stuff going on. I’m not giving full marks though, as I’d say there’s only one Great song on here.

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This is more like it! Always baffled by how modern their production sounds. Waterloo Sunset is pure bliss (even if I'll keep a soft spot for the Alisha's Attic version 👀). Fav new track: End of the Season

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An old favourite. Good enough to make you forgive them for their role in Britpop. 'Waterloo Sunset' is one of the all-time greats

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4

Love the Kinks, but this isn't a 5 star album

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Отличный альбом. До сих пор звучит достаточно свежо и в инди-роке/инди-попе многие идеи этого альбома явно до сих пор используются. Ряд песен понравились. Не скажу, что абсолютно на 100% мое, но в списке лучших альбомов этот альбом явно необходим.

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4

It was a fun album. Loads of guitar pop, with captivating lyrics and more than a few stories to tell.

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4

This is a great album, one that makes you think that maybe what the Beatles were doing in 1967 was not so unique. Nice baroque pop, rock and even some early R&B songs makes up for a great album overall. It even has a feeling of nostalgia in it. "David Watts", "Death of a Clown" and "Waterloo Sunset" are the highlights.

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4

I either really like a Kinks' song.....or I don't care for it at all. 4 stars for always being true to themselves and being one of the most influential bands ever.

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This album is full of nice songs and there is no doubt Ray Davies is a great songwriter. David Watts and Waterloo Sunset are the most well known songs. My fav track has to be Lazy Old Sun. Never listened to a lot of Kinks in the past but obviously know a lot of their hits. As an album a whole it was very 60s sound. I can hear how they influenced many bands after this. Im sure its not their greatest album and I do want to investigate them further. One of my fav Kinks songs is called "Celluloid Heroes.

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4

Really good album, I'm impress and I will dig more int their incredible discography.

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4

Starts and ends in a perfect way. There are some fillers along the way but the good tracks are strong enough to warrant a 4 overall.

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4

Though I love the Kinks, it's been a while since I heard this album the last time. Things here are still on a middle ground - the sound is all pop and catchy, but the lyrics are contemplative or analytical. As someone who doesn't have an Anglo-Saxon background, it is delicious to dive into the mid-20th century British world it provides.

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4

Really good album some great songs and a pleasure of an album to listen to only a couple of weak songs that stop this from being 5 stars

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patiko, bezdaliai hipiai

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A pleasant late 60s listen that at its best could stand head to head with its Beatles competition. Favorites: "David Watts", "Death of a Clown", "End of the Season", "Waterloo Sunset"

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The Kinks are a charter member in my all-time Top 10 band list so naturally this was an already greatly experienced and casual listen for me. If you are not attuned to Ray Davies's style of songwriting, then there is little chance for us to be pals of the close-knit variety. They were still building to even better things here, but this is a marvelous collection of tunes.

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Tätä en ollukaan kuullu, mut taattua Kinksiä. Huikeen vekkulia musaa.

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I thought this album was great. Very Beatles'esque, although it makes sense given the time. I like this band way more than the Beatles, because they always seemed to be one step beyond and do something very interesting with their sound or their lyrics. Not a lot more to say, just a great album with wonderfully constructed pop tunes

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I am a sucker for stupid British songs about goblins, clowns, toy soldiers, gnomes and such (think "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn" by Pink Floyd). I had fun with this. "David Watts" was funny, "Waterloo Sunset" made me feel good and "Death of a Clown" is so stupid that I love it. Something about the image of a clown being lowered into a coffin is hilarious to me. Fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa. That'll be stuck in my head for the entire week.

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4

Part psychedelic, part baroque pop, part classic 60s soft rock: really nice! Would definitely listen again

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4

It's got Waterloo Sunset on it.

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4

Favorite song: Waterloo Sunset.

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4

Let's all drink to the death of a clown!

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4

Rock sesentero que parece un musical. Curioso.

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4

Another solid album from The Kinks. Very, very close to 5 stars for me.

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3

Good but recording leaves something to be desired

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3

Not my favorite Kinks album but it was a good attempt at something a little different

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3

its a classic kinks album with decent but sometimes odd lyrics a variety of melodies but always the kinks sound

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3

A couple of classics and the rest is ok.

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3/5. Very much a Beatles-era band from the UK. Hearing a lot of similarities between the two bands.

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3

later kinks is way better, this is too samey to the who and beatles from that era

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3

Wouldn't go out of my to listen again, but I did enjoy it. Some nice and interesting compositions, and I like that it covers a range of different styles yet still sounds cohesive as an album.

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3

decent , old normal , nothing really pops out.

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3

It was something

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3

Always down for the Kinks. Makes me think of Wes Anderson movies

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3

not bad. spoofy only had deluxe. probably wouldnt relisten

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3

pretty average overall. sounds Queen inspired/around the same time era, but not as exciting or impactful. bright and happy mood.

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3

Kinky

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3

Meh

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3

Good classics.

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3

Fav: Harry Rag, Waterloo Sunset

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3

Good album, I like the Kinks. Very 60’s era sounding.

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3

it's more kinks

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3

Hippie pop. Similar to the stones. Enjoyed some songs. Had high expectations for the kinks.

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3

It's the Kinks - but I prefer later.

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Ikke noe super interessant som jeg kunne finne her. Mye standard 60-talls rock. Låtskrivingen var ait, spillingen var ait, osv. Ikke noe å ta opp igjen senere for min del, med mindre jeg mistet noe. Waterloo Sunset er jo veldig fin da.

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3

Waterloo sunset is nice

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3

No es el mejor disco de los kinks.

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3

A few standout songs here and there like Waterloo Sunset, fun listen but nothing that really gripped me

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3

Some weird tracks that were interesting

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3

Sounded like the Beatles. I got kinda bored tbh.

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3

Death of a Clown and Harry Rag are my two favorites off the front side. David Watts I wasn't too impressed by. Musical shift to the more relaxed on the B side. Afternoon Tea is a bop.

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I did say that I wanted another Kinks album. I know now that I do like the Kinks, or at least the idea of them. Many of these songs went into the background but there were some that I enjoyed including David Watts and Afternoon Tea. They feel like the ultimate UK Soft Rock type group and this album cover is kind of creepy especially the guys in the bottom and top right. I liked their first album better but this was still good.

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3

wasn't super feeling it. definitely feel the beatles vibe. half-listened after day at Mt Hood

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Ich mag diesen Sixties-Sound, bin aber gerade auch nicht richtig in Stimmung dafür. Death Of A Clown ist mir bei aller Psychedelik auch bisschen zu circensisch. Waterloo Sunset hingegen geht wirklich immer. Ach komm, 2,8 sind auf jeden Fall drin.

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Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-... Irgendwie kann ich sowas nicht mehr hören, ohne einen staubigen Juckreiz zu verspüren. Erste Hälfte: Itchy 1.9 „Lazy Old Sun“ in ein psychedelisches Zwielicht getaucht sticht aus der ersten Masse an Songs für einen nicht realisierten Bud Spencer/Terrance Hill Film angenehm heraus. Gefolgt vom folkig-rockigem „Afternoon Tea“ könnte im Scheine eines fantastischen „Waterloo Sunset“ eine 3.8 winken. Fazit: 2.7

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This is not dissimilar to the last Kinks album we were sent, Village Green. I’d call it psychedelic folk; the experts call it acoustic baroque pop. Each have one or two standout tunes. I think the first two tracks on this LP are strong and Waterloo Sunset is nice as well. Ray Davies was a talented guy who reinvented his sound every few years.

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3

Yeah fine. Easy listening but nothing special.

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3

Well that album was long. 52 songs and I knew none. I do like their “Lola” but that’s cause I like Cola! Liked Autumn Almanac & Sand on my Shoes. Saw they had several songs in Wes Anderson’s Darjeeling.

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Perusrokkia 60-luvulta, ei mitään ihmeellistä, mutta ei alkanut ärsyttämäänkään. Spotifyssa sai olla tarkkana, että kuunteli vain alkuperäisen levyn kappaleet eikä bonus/deluxeversioiden lisäraitoja.

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Pari parempaa biisiä, monta vähän mitäänsanomatonta, mutta tuossahan tuo meni taustalla. Levyn arvo suuruusluokkaa 3, arviotarkkuus +/- 10 %. Lisätietoja arviosta antaa Massa Johnson.

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3

Perushyväok.

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3

I love some of their stuff but it’s only a ***

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Yhden kappaleen tunnistin ennakolta, joten minulle jokseenkin tuntematon aiemmin. Menevää, joitain jänniä kuvoita, jne. Kyllä tätä toisen kerran mielellään kuuntelee ja perehtyy tuotantoon paremmin. 3.5/5 pyöristyy nyt alaspäin.

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3

Some clear stand-out tracks here: Waterloo Sunset, Situation Vacant, and Love Me Till the Sun Shines. The rest is just fine. It's a perfectly fine album.

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3

I always loved the song David Watts. This song sets a great tempo for the album. This is the type of Kinks stuff I like. Uptempo and fun songs. The Kinks are a classic band so I feel there must be some 4s / 5s in the mix somewhere. This one just isn’t consistent enough to get there.

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3

Pretty good early Kinks album (1967).

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3

So far again underwhelmed. First song to catch my ear is the bossa influenced “no return”. But mostly for the bossa. “Love me till the sun shines” is alright. One thing I can say I do particularly enjoy about this album is the drumming. Really nice grooves going on. “End of the season” was nice. I like the nature sounds lol. But also a nice short song that feels summery. “Waterloo sunset” melody sounds so familiar but I can’t place it. And that’s the end of the core album. The rest are bonus tracks. I have a problem figuring out what a 2 and 4 rating sounds like. I know a 5. I stick a lot of stuff in 3. And 1 I assume would be crap. But I’m torn on this album. I think ideally I’d give like a 2.5 or 2.7 or something. I guess 3 will be fine.

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3

Was OK

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3

Not what I was expecting at all, thought it was going to be punk for some reason. Was more like The Beach Boys style. Enjoyable but nothing stood out as special. 3/5

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3

Very Beatles-esque but who could blame them!

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3

Pretty creative, easy to listen to, enjoyable album. Lyrics and themes are on the silly side but I definitely enjoyed it. Hard 3 low 4 for me.

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3

Better than the last album I had by the Kinks. It wasn’t amazing, but it wasn’t horrible to listen to by any means.

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3

OK, not great. Got bored.

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Perfectly pleasant but nothingness.

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Pretty dope, good background music 7/10

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Great album, but I was hoping for more of the hits on it.

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Haven't listened to this entire album before. It's instantly recognizable as Ray Davies, though. Creativity abounds (No Return is lightweight Bossa Nova, immediately followed by Harry Rag which is borderline shanty) and absolute Britishness shines through nearly every song in both the lyrics and the music.

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2.5

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It's okay, I mean it sounds like that era of music. Some good songs like Waterloo Sunset and Lazy Old Sun

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Brit classic rock. Never gave it a full chance before but not terrible.

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60% good 40% weird/bad

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Kinks good. Some songs added to playlist.

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Hard to listen to this for the first time in 2021 because it is SO 1960's. I love the Kinks but didn't know they went back this far.

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Leuk hoor. Zitten paar fijne nummers tussen.

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Best leuk, maar geen Beatles 😉

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Bit meh to be honest. It was on, I heard it, but nothing stood out to me.

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Kinks have some of my favourite songs from that era, but on their albums there are some really boring songs. Waterloo Sunset and Death of a Clown are bangers though.

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It was alright, a bit too all over the place though

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I enjoyed what I listened to of this album (I really like the story element of the kinks) but it was my cleaning day so I switched to Madonna for motivation.

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3.5

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Bit twee but Waterloo Sunset is a great track

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meg

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Fun and upbeat 60s pop. Doesn't really do much for me that other albums don't do better but I enjoy it well enough.

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Pretty average album. What makes this album unique is most the songs are different stories about people. Musically it feels very generic for the 60s. 5.8/10

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enjoyable but I'm guessing this is not their best is it?

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Part of the Very English catalog of the Kinks

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Solo por Waterloo Sunset ya merece la pena escucharlo. Inocente y más pop que sus discos posteriores. Interesante como parte de la historia de la música popular.

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Meets a bar set by contemporaries, and has some original cool baroque/folk stuff. Some other stuff falls pretty blandly, which leaves us pretty much dead smack in the middle of the road.

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Not what I was expecting from the Kinks. The chamber pop arrangements were pretty fun, and there were definitely some really cool ideas that did flesh out well, but a lot of it also felt a little unfinished in quality, especially when it comes to the musician's performances. Good songs that just needed some work, IMO.

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Very cheeky. A strange mix of styles, from pirate music (Harry Rag) to straight rockers (David Watts). Enjoyed this more than I thought I would.

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My second early-Kinks album in the past few weeks ("Arthur"). Not wanting to repeat too much but it's another very-British sounding collection - I do like it, but not as much as "Arthur" which came a few years after this. I think my earlier Kinks comment applies here, making comparisons to The Who. I'm wishing the Kinks had sold a whole bunch of their tunes to The Who - who I grew up a huge fan of, but if I'm honest only had a very short peak of greatness. Imagine Moon/Entwistle/Townshend crushing these tunes - would have been something... Anyways - I can hear a lot of where they'd end up over the next few years in this one; "David Watts" is a great opener - the album does fade quite a bit in the 2nd half, with lack of energy but "Waterloo Sunset" is a lovely closer. I think that second half contributes to me feeling like overall it's not too edgy or aggressive which an extra dose of overall would have pushed this up a notch for me, but it's a solid 3 - a nice example of good early British pop-rock. 6/10 3 stars.

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i liked this album, some songs we’re questionable but others are fun nothing really stuck out to me again so I’d say it was average

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Perfectly fine album. Nothing too much to like, but also nothing to dislike. Very interesting sound for the time it was recorded, I'll give it that

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I know it's an important album/band and I can hear the influence on a lot of the (Britpop)bands I used to love in the 90ies but this just doesn't do much for me. Too jaunty. Too music hall. 6/10

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Held in high esteem by some, merely an average late-60's / early-70s band to my tastes.

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Strangely, Wikipedia classifies this album as "Baroque Pop, music hall, R&B". I'm not sure what Baroque Pop is, but this album feels like a collection of tunes in search of a genre. There are some undertones I like a bit, especially the ones that steer towards Celtic, but ultimately it feels closer to typical 60s stuff than anything else. 3 stars.

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Honey, drop everything! The new Beatles album just dropped!

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well. You know. Waterloo Sunset.

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yeah was ok. I liked it will I remember it?

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I had never heard this album but I liked it.

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Way different than other music I have heard from the Kinks (You Really Got Me, All Day and All of the Night). Kind of feels like their "Revolver/Sgt. Pepper" level of experimentation which a lot of bands tried to emulate back in the mid-60s. This feels like one of the more successful attempts to do this, and some songs really reminded me of McCartney's writing technique. The album grew on me through the first listen, and I bet it would grow on me more through subsequent listens as well. 3.5/5. NOTE: Love Me Till The Sun Shines is catchy and has been added to my Starred list.

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Waterloo sunset - skądś znam Fajna, ale nie żeby powtarzać

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Entirely unremarkable but fairly listenable. 6/10

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6/10. Really liked Waterloo Sunset, the rest of the album was pretty meh.

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Good, but not any real standouts

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B side (has Waterloo Sunset) better than the A side.

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A pleasant vibe, but not very many songs you can grab onto. Mostly empty calories. Best track: Waterloo Sunset

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“The album's power lies in its calm music, since it provides an elegant support for Davies' character portraits and vignettes.”

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Not bad. Found one song that the black keys covered

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cute

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Cool album and fun listen! Wasn't a huge fan of the hard panning of vocals to one side and the whole instrumental to the other, but still good none the less. 3.5/5 Favourite Tracks: Situation Vacant, Waterloo Sunset

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Not bad. Will revisit.

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Yeah it was good. I liked the lo fi tracks.

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This is my least favorite of the three Kinks albums I've heard so far (Arthur and Village Green being the other two) but still plenty of fun.

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More Kinks sounding like the Kinks sounding like the beatles.

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The Kinks are always 3 star, seldom 5 star.

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This Pearly King writes some bummer narratives, doesn’t he?

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This album was very underwhelming for me and it was very much on in the background. Couldn't pin point anything exciting to say about it nor could I criticise it, very meh. Reflecting this feeling is the album cover itself, it's just not speaking to me and I can't put my finger on why. It's all just MEH. 5/10 for the cover.

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I think I like the more rock-focused Kinks. I did like Death of a Clown due to the interesting vocal mix but everything else is just okay.

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Nice

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Interessant. Beatles or the Doors

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I really like the Kinks but this album wasn’t doing it for me. Waterloo Sunset tho still great

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Lola

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Humour became satire and portraits became murals. The Beatles were left out with Sgt. Peppers and everything else that appeared in the British charts that year. (6/10) FT: Waterloo Sunset

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This sound like a cheap version of The Beatles but I like some songs!

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Не разобрал, в чем величие альбома

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It's a great album, but the Kinks are capable of better. There are excellent tracks like Harry Rag, Situation Vacant, Love Me Till The Sun Shines and the incredible Waterloo Sunset, but overall, this album suffers from a lack of appealing melodies.

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That was not something else, but it was something pretty nice

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Like early Who.

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This was just ok, and I was hoping for more as I like other Kinks songs. 3

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Better then the kinks album I got before

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On my 3rd album by The Kinks we rejoin them as they continue their quest to manifest the Beatles. This is an album of the goofy 60s "boopy boopy I'm a mushroom man, I will wear this silly hat doo doo doo" type music. Lots of that British silliness, jaunty tunes, well made but feels like they're aping the Beatles so hard it's just impossible not to notice. Tin Soldier Man sounds exactly like Yellow Submarine. Love Me Til the Sun Shines is a solid tune. Waterloo Sunset is pretty good too. Added both to the playlist. Overall, competently made but it's been done better.

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3/5 fun but not enough

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Not bad, but I still just can't fully get into them. I think this is a band I should come back to because some songs really are solid.

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3/30/22

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Varsin hyvä. Tykkäsin kyllä Village Greenistä enemmän. 3/5.

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Ihan hyvää aurinkoista rokkia. Tykkäsin ehkä village green preservation societystä enemmän.

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Kyl mä tästäkin the Kinksista ihan tykkään mutta ei tää ehkä mitään järisyttävän uutta tarjoile. Kelpolevy. 3/5

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I’ve had to listen to this twice (so far) to appreciate it. The production is so bad at times it hurts, and my goddess turn those vocals up! However I am now starting to appreciate and like some of these songs. I’d like to read more about how it fits with other artists at the time, Bob Dylan, the Beatles, Pink Floyd etc because it’s hard to tell exactly who was influencing whom - the late sixties silly psychedelic sound and all (not Dylan but I can hear Dylan’s style in a few of these tracks). Anyway I’m going to call it a 3 for now and listen a few more times.

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Lyrically clunky but really heard influences on sound of Elliott Smith and others

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Far better than the title makes it sound. Waterloo Sunset and Death of a Clown are stone cold classics, the rest is somewhat take-it-or-leave-it.

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Fand ich ganz nett. Der englische sixties-Sound ganz ohne Beatles.

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Average. Nothing too groundbreaking.

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One of the best rock's bands of the 60s and 70s. I like it.

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bra häng ändå.

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Personnellement, tous les albums des Kinks m'intéressent. Par contre celui-ci n'est pas leur meilleur et je ne crois pas qu'il est essentiel de l'avoir écouté. Pas de grands hits ni rien de vraiment innovateur. Les pièces plus intéressantes se retrouvent à la fin à partir de Afternoon Tea. On peut prendre cette écoute comme un comparatif où le groupe était rendu alors que les Beatles sortaient Sgt. Peppers. On n'est pas du tout à la même place. Un 2 étoiles plus une étoile bonus parce que je suis un fan du groupe.

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Every song is catchy. No real standouts though. Definitely liked it but not as much as some of their other stuff. 3.5 stars.

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3 songs in and they just seem like the doors but happier its actually annoyinggggg. listen to the doors fuck the kinks

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No well known songs by the kinks. Had some bizzare songs like two sisters, but nothing that caught my ear.

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Onhan Waterloo Sunset ja pari muutakin biisiä levyllä ihan kovia, mutta epätasaisuus vaivaa taas vaihteeksi. Ei tätä levyä kokonaisuudessaan jaksa moneen kertaan keskittyneesti kuunnella.

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A bit daft, overly naïve, and overly "English". Most of the songs do very little for me, partly because they are so much of their time. "Two Sisters" is nice, but the message of it is reductive and a little misogynistic. "Situation Vacant" sounds pretty cool.

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I like the kinks, but this album was pretty meh. Nothing special about it.

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It’s hard to deny the Beatles comparisons but it lacked all heart.

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Just a little hard to get into. Can tell it was something in the era but it didn’t age well for me.

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Didn’t really like this cd.

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"Bunch of rubbish!" Har EN legendarisk låt og det er sluttlåten "Waterloo sunset". Jeg likte "Two sisters" og "No return", syntes "afternoon tea" også var fin. Utenom disse består albumet av repetative drittlåter. Jeg får vondt i hodet av klir klarret. Og låtskrivingen er lat. "Death of a Clown" hører hjemme i barneskolen" Det blir ikke bedre når du husker at Ray Davies gav Revolver av the Beatles en dårlig anmeldelse for de samme punktene jeg brakte opp. Søk den opp på google for en laugh. Albumet får en sterk 4

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Not my cup of tea.

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This album didn’t seem like much to write home about. Nothing that struck me as being outstanding. There have been many comparisons to the Beatles and I just think the Beatles did it way better

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It's okay but most of the time I just sort of thought that I could be listening to The Beatles instead.

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60s sound

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Ihan ok. Nyt oli vika enemmän kuuntelijassa ei jaksanut keskittyä menevän ykkösbiisin (David Watts) jälkeen.

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I'd listen to Harry Rag on my own maybe. Tin Soldier Man hurts. Lazy Old Sun is decent but why not just pick Strawberry Fields Forever? Somehow every song is too long and repetitive at like 2:30. If this band is kinks every one of them is like "sometimes I open my eyes during sex." With halves I'd pick 1.5

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Saved Prior: None Off Rip: David Watts, Waterloo Sunset Cutting Edge: None Overall Notes: There was so much hype on the internet for this album for some reason. I didn't see it. The amount of times I saw "How do I even talk about Waterloo Sunset; it's a perfect song"...??? Yeah it's great but come on. I'm sure I'm missing something with this album, but I listened at least 3 times and my opinion didn't really change from the first to the third. Meh.

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Not horrible by any means, but I didn't really like many of the songs, and even actively disliked a few of them to the point I had to skip them. A low 2, less enjoyable than their other album

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Not a fan...... 9 yrs old when this album came out.....

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As much as I loved songs like Two Sisters, No Return, and Act Nice.. I also loathed Harry Rag and Mr Pleasant.

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Un disco que me recordó algo a los clásicos de The Beatles, pero le falta algo en su melodía para ser "más gustoso" (no sabría como definirlo). Nota: 2.5

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Annoying hooks and instrumentation that gets an extra star because the good songs are good but most of it was like nails on a chalkboard for me.

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Whilst the songs are all likeable, nostalgic little vignettes, the sound is mosty thin and reedy, lacking punch. with the obvious exception of Waterloo Sunset. As an example, compare the Kinks against the Jam's version of David Watts. I love all the Kinks singles right up to Come Dancing, but the album tracks don't enthuse me. Some of them would make great short stories, though.

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Fun and quirky. But not many songs stand out to me. Hard to feel the impact of an album so before my time.

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2old4me

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Harry Rag was alright. Lazy Old Sun was terrible. I think I've heard Waterloo Sunset, it's alright. Overall not too fond of this one.

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Not their best stuff

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Waterloo sunset is one of the greatest songs of all time but the album as a whole is pretty hit or miss. Apparently this was due to a split between the popularity of EPs in Britain and LPs in America leading to an incoherent album but all the slow songs on here are weak while the more upbeat ones are at the very least ok to good. Harry rag is a pretty bad song, sickeningly British.

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Sounded like a drunken mess. Songs that stood out were David Watts and Death of a Clown. Waterloo Sunset I've heard before and is a good song. Other than that, It was a cross off the list. 1000 to go...

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I dug "Death of a Clown" and a few other tracks, however I'm unlikely to revisit the album in its entirety. A couple neat mid-album drum fills caught my attention, but the record really dragged at times ⭐⭐

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This album has a lot of ups and downs. I find there are some great songs followed by some real flops. I doubt I’ll ever listen to the full album again but could see listening to some songs. Highlights: death of a clown and tin soldier man.

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The raw rock style suits them better. The cover version of David Watts by The Jam is better. In short: could be better.

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There's some cool innovation on this album, with lots of out-there noises and production decisions. The problem is, I found most of them really unappealing

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No bad, not exciting.

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I was excited to see this album come up, the first one from the 60s (probably my favorite decade of music) for my set, as I really like some Kinks songs...but they aren't on this album. Another reason I should have liked Something Else more is that I quite like chamber pop as a genre (ex: Vampire Weekend). But I've given every other album so far a second listen, so I'm doing that for this one too, and I'm already liking it better. One general note: I quite enjoy most of the instrumentation of this album; it's more lyrics and vocal quality that don't resonate with me. I wish it was instrumental like my previous assignment, \"Head Hunters\". \"David Watts\"- Catchy and short. The opening beat reminds me of the Rolling Stones' \"Let's Spend the Night Together\", one of my favorite songs by that band. +1. \"Death of a Clown\"- It's okay, but I have a low tolerance for anything negative, so the \"death\" aspect lowers it for me. =0 \"Two Sisters\"- I wouldn't say I \"like\" this song, but I think it's important to analyze the different experiences of women, especially in the midcentury, so I appreciate it for that. +0.5 \"No Return\"- This song was fine and I could hear the mid-60s bossa nova influence. +0.5 \"Harry Rag\"- Repetitive and not really for me. -0.5 \"Tin Soldier Man\"- This one will cause me to repeat: Repetitive and not really for me. -0.5 \"Situation Vacant\"- Music +2, bummer lyrics -1. Net +1. \"Love Me Til the Sun Shines\"- I realize I'm once again comparing The Kinks to other bands, but: I like this song, and yet I think it sounds like (and would be better performed by) The Who. +1.5 \"Lazy Old Sun\"- I hated this song on first listen, and on second listen I hate it a little less. -1 \"Afternoon Tea\"- This may be my favorite on the album, but I'm a sucker for \"ba-ba-ba\" songs. +1.5 \"Funny Face\"- This one's another music +2, lyrics -1, for a net for 1. \"End of the Season\"- I strongly disliked this song on first listen, and I still do. -1.5 \"Waterloo Sunset\"- This is a nice song and absolutely the most famous from the album. I'm biased slightly against it because it makes me think of a guy that's in and out of my life, but I know it's a good one. Also, it sounds like The Guess Who borrowed the opening from this for \"Hand Me Down World\". +1.5 5 (points, not stars). Least Favorite Songs: Lazy Old Sun, End of the Season Favorite Songs: Afternoon Tea, Waterloo Sunset And just so these are somewhere, because I might do this for subsequent albums: Hotel California Least Favorite: Try and Love Again Hotel California Favorite: The Last Resort Head Hunters Least Favorite: Watermelon Man Head Hunters Favorite: Chameleon

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Eh

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just could not get into.

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It's just nothing special. There seem to be a lot of these from the 60s/70s on this list where they kind of go in one ear and out the other with no impact.

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This is a good, "small sound" album. It sounds minimalist and unproduced. Waterloo Sunset was in Rushmore, and I do really like that song. The Kinks are reminiscent of the silly side of The Who or The Beatles. I know there are pure, all-in fans for The Kinks, and I regret I am not one of them, but I enjoy them.

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The Kinks c'est overrated. Album de rock très standard même pour l'époque.

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Death of a clown sounds like a Dylan cover. It’s ok

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This one will have to grow on me

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I really don't want to listen to this. I'm really sick of this stuff. I'm over the late 1960s. Do you hear me?!?! Done with em!! Listened anyway, was exactly as expected. The one song the other reviews said was amazing was average at best. 2/5.

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This album was not what I expected. The kinks are not a bad band but this album was just lacking. It had none of their 'classics' on it and just didn't have their overall style. BIt disappointed...

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The Kinks are a great band with unique hits full of character and lyrical talent. I expected to discover more here. The recording sounds dated. It has a few stand out tracks but that is it. Cover art: 2.5/5 odd one this. Psychedelic Victorian. At least they made some effort.

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I used to like this, now it just sounds dated.

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Apart from Waterloo Sunset and David Watts (thanks to the Jam's cover) I found this very mid 60s and a bit lame without the rock edge of earlier Links.

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Bien

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At the time, this was likely cutting edge stuff but sounds very dated now.

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Has that 60s folky vibe. Appreciate the influence, but too many la la las. Not my style for this era.

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I get their importance, I appreciate how creative and prolific they were, and I like a few of their songs, but The Kinks don't do a whole lot for me, especially this album. Just not my cup of tea.

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Not my cup of Yorkshire tea.

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Música sesentera animada

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This is the fifth album by the English rock band the Kinks. The music genre can be described as baroque pop, which is a combination of rock and classical music elements. The album did not sell well in the US or UK as a result of a multitude of factors. However, the album has still been praised as one of the Kinks' best. I did not find much that I loved about this album, but it passed the time while I was working and then piqued my interest in listening to some classical music.

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Je ne sais pas combien il y a d’albums de the Kinks dans cette liste, mais je trouve que celui-ci ressemble beaucoup à The kinks are the village green preservation society. Beaucoup trop pour mettre les 2 dans la même liste et pour ne pas mettre the kinks à la place. Autrement, on voit qu’ils essaie de faire différent. Ils incorporent différentes sonorités et ils jouent beaucoup avec la dérision, ce qui me plait. Au final, ça ne fait quand même pas un album qui se démarque franchement de son époque et de son origine.

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SUCKS

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not so good for me

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Me ha parecido un disco ligero, sin mucho acomple a mis gustos.

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No me gustó

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One or two fleeting moments in a sea of sub standard 60s fare

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lame

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Sloan 1967. This does nothing for me at all.

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Unpleasant

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Not a big fan... not as creative as beatles.

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Beetles feel to it

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I listened to about half of it, got too busy.

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still a fun less overplayed beatles. edit: this album is terrible. 1 star? 2? its like they're stoned the whole album.

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Would be enjoyable after several listens. Just OK on first listen. "Harry Rag" is pretty great. 3/5

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Okay

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Cock

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