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|2. Lost And Found|
|4. Welcome To Sleazy Town|
|5. The Video Shop|
|6. Rock N' Roll Cities|
|7. How Are You|
|8. Think Visual|
|9. Natural Gift|
|10. Killing Time|
|11. When You Were A Child|
Top Customer Reviews
The album starts off with "Working at the Factory", an upbeat, acoustic guitar driven rocker that details Ray's need to play rock-n-roll to get away from working mundane, 9 to 5 jobs..only to find out that the grass isn't necessarily greener!
"Lost and Found" is a very pleasant, melodic ballad with a great guitar solo from Dave. This is followed by the hard rocker "Repetition", featuring a catchy guitar riff and some more inspired guitar soloing.
The next two songs, "Welcome to Sleazy Town" and "The Video Shop" are both very pleasant, with the latter featuring a horn section.
The second half of the album starts off with Dave's raunchy, hard rock-n-roller "Rock-n-Roll Cities", which recieved more airplay than anything else on the album.
" How Are You" is a very gorgeous little ballad, that ranks up there with other great KINKS ballads like "Get Back In Line" and "A Face In The Crowd".I love Ray's singing on this track!
"Think Visual" is my favorite song on the album, right next to the previous track. It's a very cool hard rock song, with a fast tempo and a riff similar to the one for "Definite Maybe" from STATE OF CONFUSION. There is some great bass playing and lead guitar work on this song!
"Natural Gift" is another strong track and has some nice bass pops from Jim Rodford.
The last two songs aren't as strong...the album ends with what I think is it's weakest song; DAVE's "When You Were A Child", but overall, this is one of THE KINKS' most consistently enjoyable and entertaining albums!
THINK VISUAL is a must for any KINKS fan.
This album brought all that to a screeching halt for 2 reasons: 1) the lead single was "Rock 'n' Roll Cities", a truly hideous Dave Davies composition, and 2) Ray changed the band's sound. Think Visual suddenly sounds like adult contemporary instead of vital rock 'n' roll. It's like the band aged 20 years overnight compared to Word Of Mouth. The new sound may have appealed to older Kinks fans, but older fans don't buy records. Kids do. Thus, the Kinks went into their final commercial death spiral.
But is the record any good? Yeah, if you can get past the two problems discussed above, it's a pretty enjoyable listen. Dave's other song "When You Were A Child" is one of his better Kinks contributions. Most of Ray's songs are good, even if none of them qualify as classics. The rockers like "Welcome To Sleazy Town" and the title track are hurt by the decidedly non-rock production style, but outside of "Rock 'n' Roll Cities" there's nothing to really dislike. So Think Visual is a minor but worthy addition to the Kinks' catalog.
Sure, this collection of songs has a lighter groove to it; nothing wrong with that. Which is not to say that this is an album of ballads, not by any stretch. Although the lead single, "Working at the Factory" never particularly tripped my trigger, "Welcome to Sleazytown" in particular is a must-have. "Lost and Found" is a classic, just listen to song samples online. "How Are You", ditto. "Video Shop" is a light, fun narrative that doesn't try to make any big statements about the human condition.
The title track should have been the single released in the wake of "Come Dancing". Unfortunately, that honor fell to "Rock and Roll Cities", quite possibly the worst song in the Kinks' catalog. Still, I like this album a lot. It's no wonder that half this album makes up the MCA years compilation "Lost and Found".
The criticisms remind me a lot of how critics greeted a good album like the Stones' "It's Only Rock n Roll". They rode the band hard for not putting out another "Exile On Main Street", but the band had changed gears on them. At the price this CD is going for, it's a bargain.
It's clear in retrospect that TV was a transitional album for the band. While not up to snuff when compared to State of Confusion, Word of Mouth, Low Budget or Give the People What they Want, it's clear that the Davies brothers were attempting to catch their breath in a more competitive, changing rock music world.
Definitely worth picking up for the few strong tracks included on this disc, Think Visual pools some of the greatest talent of the 60's 70's and early 80's and creates a puddle teeming with life. Honestly compared to their only notable contemporaries that were still on the road (you know who), this album was at least brimming with the honesty and heartfelt emotion typical of the two D's.
Phobia would show the band picking up speed after stumbling here. Worth giving a spin for true Kinks fans but probably not the best place to start collecting the band's considerable output.
Most recent customer reviews
Hit & miss Kinks. On the right day this album is a pleasure. On the other hand, it can come across as a waste of time. Read morePublished on Nov. 2 2001 by Brian Case
With "Think Visual," the Kinks 1980s "comeback" started to peter out. The album is largely a retread of the two previous (and far superior) albums "State... Read morePublished on June 6 2000 by Brian D. Rubendall
I can't believe what that reviewer said about this wonderful album! I was never into The Kinks until 1987 when King Biscuit broadcast a show from Chicago from the "Think... Read morePublished on March 9 2000 by Scott
I had to write to express my admiration for this album, which in my opinion is the band's most underrated. You'll like it if you especially like the Kinks of late 60s. Read morePublished on Jan. 23 2000
I was surprised by most of the previous reviews. I'm a huge Kinks fan (I have every CD) and I like this one. What's not to like about Video Shop or Lost and Found? ... Read morePublished on Jan. 8 2000 by Eric in the ATL
This isn't my favorite Kinks CD, but it does have a few standout tracks including the beautiful Lost and Found, Dave Davies' When You Were A Child, and the title track. Read morePublished on Nov. 9 1999
The only Kinks album I played once, then never again. Even the other weak albums from the '70s and '80s merited a second or third listen. Read morePublished on Oct. 25 1999
Not the greatest Kinks album overall, but "Working at the Factory" is definitely one of my favorite songs these guys have done and one of the most biting looks at the... Read morePublished on Oct. 17 1999