By the time this album was released in 1989, the Kinks had passed the peak of their popularity, and this album was not a commercial success. That's a shame, because it is a solid album with some great songs.
"Aggravation" - Ray Davies vents his anger against modern society on this great rocker. This song would have been right at home on the "Low Budget" album.
"How Do I Get Close?" - In this power ballad, Ray laments the loss of deep feelings in a world filled with superficialities.
"UK Jive" - The Kinks threw everything into this song, from doo-wop to a passage from the Who's song "My Generation." It's one of the best songs Ray Davies ever wrote and, had it been released years earlier, could easily have been a top ten hit.
"Now And Then" - Ray's sentimental side was in evidence all the way back to "The Village Green Preservation Society." In this ballad, Ray's longing for Utopia goes all the way back to the Garden of Eden!
"What Are We Doing?" - Ray Davies continues to inquire about the meaning of life, but can't come up with any answers as to why we're here. The song fades out with the melody of the Kinks' song "Destroyer."
"Entertainment" - In this rocker, Ray snarls about modern forms of entertainment, such as sex, violence, murder and rape. It's a theme more fully expressed in Don Henley's song "Dirty Laundry."
"War Is Over" - This ballad is a tip of the hat to old soldiers who fought for freedom, rather than being the typical rock star's anti-war song.
"Down All The Days (To 1992)" - This rocker has a catchy melody, and it's theme of looking forward to the future doesn't sound dated at all, other than the reference to the year 1992.
"Loony Balloon" - Ray's lyrics say it all. "The air is running out, the computer's gone down. The mechanic just panicked, he's nowhere to be found, so automatic control is just spinning us round." It's no wonder we've all lost our sanity as we drift through space on this loony balloon we call Earth!
"Dear Margaret" - This rocker is Dave Davies' diatribe against Margaret Thatcher, and does sound very dated.
"Bright Lights" - Dave Davies' lament to his ex-girlfriend, a fashion model, is the hardest rocking song on the album.
"Perfect Strangers" - This Dave Davies' celebration of one night stands closes out the album on a rocking note.