The album is worth the price for the song Cliches of the World(B Movie), a dreary tale of the mundane life we sometimes lead.
It does sound a bit dated, but was not like a lot of the music
that came out of the '80s.
It certainly cannot be argued that S.O.C. moves around quite a bit. That being the only drawback to this album, it moves from rockers to crying-in-your-beer songs. I feel the tracks that stand out on here are State of Confusion, Definate Maybe, Come Dancing, Property, Noise, Young Conservatives, Once a Thief, Long Distance, Don't Forget to Dance and Heart of Gold.
To compare this album to past works is really unfair. The Kinks have always been about progression in music, period. I think this album sees them moving. Sadly they really wouldn't progress beyong this, we just have Word of Mouth after this album. State of Confusion is for the hardcore Kinks fan and for the beginner. Buy it this album is gold!