All the elements for self-indulgence are here: a concept album, a prevailing theme of bemoaning lost money, derision of the music industry. But what makes it ok? The tunes are all outstanding. Ray Davies, as he often does, dips his songwriting pen in the ink of traditional British music hall, country and folk, and all meeting points between, then covers everything with a coat of great rock and roll. Dave Davies contributes the hard rocking biter "Rats" as well as "Strangers," which is hands down his best Kinks kontribution ever. Another ballad, "Get Back In Line," is certainly among Ray's best. Both musically and lyrically, the album might have a theme, but it's kind of all over the place; it definitely is not as focused as, say, Village Green, but that doesn't really take away from it. It's a continous assault of Dave's jagged guitar riffs, saloon pianos, hard rhythms, sweet melodies, and above all, killer hooks. If you're just starting on the Kinks, get Kink Kronikles, then go right for this one.