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State of Confusion [Hybrid SACD]

the Kinks Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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Their biggest hit in years, this 1983 LP soared to #12 and gave the band two more smash hits: Come Dancing and Don't Forget to Dance .

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State of Confusion may have been a sorry attempt to generate happiness out of sorrow, but the music and lyric content on this record are quite remarkable givin the conditions under which they were constructed. Being an 80's child I am familiar with "Come Dancing" however I assumed it was a younger and one hit wonder type band. As I got older I was shocked to discover that it was in fact that Kinks. I feel that is what people are missing when they look at this record. It is extremely difficult to write pop music for the masses. S.O.C. held all the freshness of the old Kinks but with a new approach to writing songs. The only song you can really tell that the kinks weren't working together is State of Confusion. Infact I bought this album primaryly for that song. It seems to be a perfect early punk song, yet it represents the status of the group at that point.
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!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Lyrics are more interesting than the music Sept. 20 2001
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Format:Audio CD
Well, I will have to apologize for the low rating of this album, I'll explain why: I was a kid (around 10 years old) when my dad bought the cassette of this when new in '83, and I really didn't like it all that well. Certainly I know very well how important the Kinks were in the 1960s during the British Invasion, but with this 1983 release, all the band was doing was creating music that either pretends to rock ("Young Conservatives", title track, "Definate Maybe"), or sappy ballads (like "Heart of Gold", "Don't Forget to Dance", and the hit "Come Dancing"). It's obvious with those "rockers" they attempted to create something that would fill the arenas, while the ballads often reflected Ray Davies feelings of lost nostalgia or in the case of "Heart of Gold" his failed relationship of Pretender Chrissie Hynde. "Young Conservatives" has lyrics that are as relevant today as back in '83, lambasting the college/university students for wanting to be yuppies (which reflected the Thatcher/Reagan-era of the time), as opposed to the the college/university scene back in the 1960s when students cared about the social ills at the time rather than just getting a job to get rich quick. But my biggest problem with the music is it's not too challenging to listen to. It sounds like any faceless music being played at parties in the 1980s. But the lyrics were the most interesting part of the album, and that's something people in their garage is probably not likely to do. I guess if I wasn't a kid in 1983 having to put up with really bad music, I'd probably give State of Confusion a better rating, but as things go, if you're a Kinks fan, then this album is probably for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Klassic Kinks Aug. 27 2000
Format:Audio CD
Containing some of the most memorable singles of the Kinks career, as well as some of Dave's most blistering guitar work, "State of Confusion" ranks as one of those must-have Kinks albums of their late 70's-early 80's resurrection.
The album rocks through its early stages with the simply fantastic title track and the gritty guitar rips on "Labour of Love." But the intensity proves ceaseless on this record, as the album dips into slower, unforgettable ballads that solidified Ray Davies's place as one of the top five greatest songwriters in rock history. When they're not rocking, their jerking your tear ducts with "Come Dancing" and 'Don't Forget to Dance," both of which are likely to tear the life out of listener's hearts with the former's nostalgia and the latter's wistful croon. Sandwiched in between those two legendary tracks is an equally gorgeous but forgotten ballad in "Property," but the album blasts back into trademark Kink rock with "Young Conservatives" and the far superior "Heart of Gold."
On a purely technical note, Mick Avory's drumming is the stuff of ledgends all throughout the album, and is that Dave Davies or Robert Plant singing on "Bernadette?"
This is a fabulous rock record because it embodies superior songwriting compounded with gritty musicianship. That was hard to find in 1983, and today it is a non-existent combination. This album is proof that "older" doesn't always mean "washed up."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Klassic Kinks. Aug. 20 1999
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State of Confusion is yet another GREAT album by the Kinks. Musically powerful and lyrically stunning. Ray Davie's writing always examines social and political mores yet remains fresh, original, and identifiable. In the title song, a relationship based on money and convenience goes sour. It's a look at adult angst rather than acne induced confusion that so many artist's redundantly persue. On "Labour of Love", marriage is compared to a two-headed transplant. Hyperbole? Perhaps. "Come Dancing", the hit single, is a beautiful reverie of Ray and Dave's dear sister and her prediliction for dancing and teasing men. "Property" is the ultimate break-up song, especially in light of Ray's failed relationship with Chrissie Hynde. In "Young Conservatives" todays youth are questioned about their complacency and their unwillingness to foster inevitible change. Extreme satire on this one! "Cliches of the World" toys with a tongue-in-cheek style as Ray explores the possible prurient aspects of alien abduction. "Bernadette" is a Kinks paradox. Many Kinks albums end with a upbeat tune that always offers the listener hope. Sung primarily by Dave, "Bernadette" appears to be a happy-go-lucky finale. However, the tunes main character is a pathetic soul and when the song abruptly ends with Ray yelling "I think your'e sad" - you really believe him! The bonus tracks are also terrific! "Noise" is simply the greatest Kinks song never formally released, and where has "Once a Theif" been hiding all these years? No maybe's about it, this CD definately belongs in any rock fans collection!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two good tracks, and a bunch of Noise
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