I love this album. I originally bought it in the mid-60s when it came out, featuring the last of the Kinks' power-chord singles, "Till The End of the Day." I immediately loved "Milk Cow Blues," and it became my favorite cut on the album. But Kontroversy has many gems, "I'm On An Island," "I Am Free," , and "I Gotta Get The First Plane Home" are all fun and nifty tunes. It isn't, however, their best effort during the initial stage of their career. Kink Kinkdom easily outshines it probably because it has stronger material.
Actually, Kontroversy is an intersting release because it is almost a step back for Ray Davies' writing style. In Kinkdom and Kinda Kinks, Ray had explored social issues with some depth. Although the American albums were mix-matches of several British releases, Kontroversy was released in the U.S. and British in very similar set-ups. By the time Kontroversy had been released, Ray had written and released "Well Respected Man" and "See My Friends," both not only completely different sounds for the Kinks, but lyrically very interesting. So, why did Ray revert to catchy pop tunes?
Nonetheless, I really enjoy listening to Kink Kontroversy, and I find it to be a fun way to get back to the 60's. Lots of power, lots of power chording, and lots of catchy lyrics. It was definitely the last time The Kinks would release such an album, and it serves us all well, even today.