By Born into the industry
This album should be remastered. Every song on it is a keeper and it really slipped through the cracks in 79-80. The next year MTV broke and this music was far overshadowed by later Kinks albums that were far more commercial and not nearly clever musically. If you are a Kinks fan you should have this album.
Wow, here we are in 2016 and ain't it the truth lol 😀, that's vision, well done 🙂
Low Budget-I thought you said that!
Love, love, love this band and especially this LP. I had it on vinyl in 1979 and played it non-stop. I bought if for the song "(Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman," and quickly realized that from track 1 to track 11, every song is tremendous. No filler all killer tracks here! "National Health," and "Little Bit of Emotion," along with the title track are my three favorites. This was the Kinks 17th album and possibly their best. Definitely their most radio friendly LP as Dave and Ray Davies penned some great songs. A must have for any classic rock fan!
By Mtn. Home slice
This is probably the strongest offering of a period from 1977's "Sleepwalker" to arguably "Word of Mouth" in 1984 when there was undoubtably a renewed interest in the Kinks music, after an artsy/concept album era that most would agree lasted a couple years too long. Great to see them back (at this point) doing what they do best, providing well structured and entertaining songs that can reflect social commentary without unnecessary props and overindulgent themes. One of my all time favorite bands, and AMAZING in concert!!!
This is Captain America calling
The Kinks went through many stylistic changes during their long storied career. This album represents their Arena rockers period. Ray Davies had mostly put aside his art rock aspirations to appeal to a wider audience. This album in particular is aimed at the U.S. with lyrics meant to be both timely and specific to the challenges facing most Americans at the time. The title song takes on inflation. A Gallon of Gas addresses the energy crisis, Catch Me Now I’m Falling with its arena size Jumpin Jack Flash riff is a love song for a struggling America. Ray Davies manages to balance arena rock with his biting social commentary for one of their most successful records. This is a must have for any Kinks fans and a good introduction to their music for anyone.