No doubt about it, Ray Davies is a musical genious. His distinctively British wit, penetrating eye (and ear) for the absurd, the sublime and nearly everything in between radiate from these alterately wistful, slyly enigmatic and downright hilarious rock and roll novellas.
But let's face it dude: you can only go back to the well so many times. Very little new here. Ok for initiates, but for the casual fan Ultimate Collection is a much better bet.