This was the first KINKS album I bought and after buying all of their other albums(no small feat!), it still remains one of my favorites. Maybe that's because I have very fond memories of the time surrounding me purchasing it... or maybe it's because of all the wonderful songs on it.The album has a certain flow to it.... like a waterfall!
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.