Friday, October 29, 2010

The Kinks - Face to face (1966)


The Kink Kontroversy was a considerable leap forward in terms of quality, but it pales next to Face to Face, one of the finest collections of pop songs released during the '60s. Conceived as a loose concept album, Face to Face sees Ray Davies' fascination with English class and social structures flourish, as he creates a number of vivid character portraits. Davies' growth as a lyricist has coincided with the Kinks' musical growth. Face to Face is filled with wonderful moments, whether it's the mocking Hawaiian guitars of the rocker "Holiday in Waikiki," the droning Eastern touches of "Fancy," the music hall shuffle of "Dandy," or the lazily rolling "Sunny Afternoon." And that only scratches the surface of the riches of Face to Face, which offers other classics like "Rosy Won't You Please Come Home," "Party Line," "Too Much on My Mind," "Rainy Day in June," and "Most Exclusive Residence for Sale," making the record one of the most distinctive and accomplished albums of its time.

1. The Kinks - Party Line (2:35)
2. The Kinks - Rosey Won't You Please Come Home (2:30)
3. The Kinks - Dandy (2:10)
4. The Kinks - Too Much On My Mind (2:27)
5. The Kinks - Session Man (2:08)
6. The Kinks - Rainy Day In June (3:13)
7. The Kinks - House In The Country (3:00)
8. The Kinks - Holiday In Waikiki (2:45)
9. The Kinks - Most Exclusive Residence For Sale (2:51)
10. The Kinks - Fancy (2:28)
11. The Kinks - Little Miss Queen Of Darkness (3:16)
12. The Kinks - You're Lookin' Fine (2:47)
13. The Kinks - Sunny Afternoon (3:35)
14. The Kinks - I'll Remember (2:26)

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