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Word of Mouth [Hybrid SACD]

the Kinks Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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1. Do It Again
2. Word Of Mouth
3. Good Day
4. Living On A Thin Line
5. Sold Me Out
6. Massive Reductions
7. Guilty
8. Too Hot
9. Missing Persons
10. Summer's Gone
11. Going Solo
12. Good Day (Extended Edit)
13. Summer's Gone (Extended Edit)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Record, Awful Artwork Sept. 4 2003
Format:Audio CD
Seriously. This is one of the least attractive album covers I've ever seen. Why would anyone pick this up unless they were a Kinks fan already? Major misstep by the Brothers Davies.
The record itself is good, if not great. It boasts Dave Davie's second best song, "Living on a Thin Line," a paen to the middle class and poor stuck in an economy that increasingly favors the rich, and "Good Day," a bit of Ray Davies whimsy that is clever fun until the biting bridge ("So have a good day today, because it may be your last, make it last..."). Not to mention a bunch of good-but-typical Ray Davies social observations ("Too Hot," "Do It Again," "Sold Me Out," et al).
Musically, it's early '80's Kinks. Smooth, textured, with the most passion coming through in the vocals rather than the music. It's a bit keyboard heavy, but that's ok. I personally prefer a rawer sound, but that's me.
It's definitely worth your time if you're a budding fan, still worthy if you like good songwriting, but ultimately expendable if you're looking for something that will jump-start your psyche.
To be fair, I think that Ray Davies was trying to get on the radio, the bland medium that we all listen to too often (and I was a DJ for 7 years, so I know whereof I speak).
If you look past the slickness and the worst album cover in my collection, you'll find a nice bunch of songs. A couple are special, one or two are expendable, but this is mostly a nice little collection by a band pushing its way through middle age.
All that said, I still like it and it's a fun little rocker of an album...good pop sometimes, a couple of bits of should-have-been-rawer nastiness, but still pretty damn groovy. A worthy effort.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What More Do You Want? Aug. 27 2000
Format:Audio CD
How utterly frustrating and baffling it is to me when people try to say that Word of Mouth is just "OK." I am only twenty years old, so I am most certainly no Kink apologist from the 60's. I am, however, a kid who really does know his music, and a kid who loves great rock n roll. I know what great rock n roll is. I own about 50 Dylan albums, 30 Neil Youngs, many Tom Petty albums, Stones albums, Beatles albums. let's face it, if it wasn't born in the 60's, it just isn't really rock n roll, but rather an imitation or step-child of the genre's glory days.
On that note, I'd like to just ask: who in the world can honestly claim that they expected the Kinks to be consistently releasing albums in the early 1980's? The only man who thought it was possible for the Kinks-a 60's hard rock band whose most memorable music was recorded within a five-year span-to even garner anything close to that sort of recognition in a decade that seemed to make a point of forgetting rock music's past, was Ray Davies. Let's think, where were others in 1984? Neil Young was recording electronica and rockabilly records that sold about as well as the last Billy Idol album, Dylan was releasing born-again Christian rock albums and singing in a slurred, alcoholic drawl that seemed to alienate just about every one of his fans, Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison were long-dead and forgotten, and The Rolling Stones were not just a shell of themselves, they were downright embarrassing to watch. Then there were the Kinks, and this brilliant, yes, I said brilliant, rock album of 1984.
There is absolutely nothing hyperbolic about saying that the Kinks did everything right on this record, they did everything within their power to deliver the most stunning collection of rock singles possible.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A solid, but unspectacular record Feb. 16 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I think the other reviewers here are wildly overrating this album. It certainly has its good moments (as any Kinks record does), but there is a lot of uninspired stuff, also. "Too Hot", for instance, is really pretty awful and several other tracks fall into the pleasant, but dull category. All in all, I think both "Give the People" and "State of Confusion" are far superior to this record, particularly "State of Confusion."
The Dave Davies numbers here, though, are two of his better contributions to any Kinks album. Also, the live version of "Living On A Thin Line" found on the out-of-print "The Road" is far superior to the studio version on "Word of Mouth." Look for it at your local used cd store.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the kinks go again with classic rocknroll... Aug. 6 1999
Format:Audio CD
word of mouth-orig-released in 1984 seemed to have been overlooked. As many other kinks albums-there were songs played but never heard of again. With the reissue(velvel) word of mouth (kinks) stands to hold a fair amount of ground. The title track"Do it again" showcases a brilliant piece of craftsmanship-both lyrically and musically. and ray davies leads the chant "here we go round again" playing homage to their rebounding sucesses and hardships. Dave Davies shows he too has "done it again" giving us listeners "living on a thin line" a very british theme with a kinks sound. Word of mouth is a very good cd..er album. the kinks also added a new line up-drummer bob Henrit. Klassic Kinks!
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Of all their 70's and 80's work Word Of Mouth and State Of Confusion both stand up well to their classic work. Do It Again opens with the same crashing guitar chord as The Beatles' A Hard Day's Night, but ventures into a completely different direction. There are witty musical references to The Beatles throughout the album both lyrically and melodically.
That said, this album would be great without the Beatles references. The songwriting is consistent and strong. Dave turns in two of his best songs for the album. Living On A Thin Line was originally written for Ray to sing, but Dave, in excellent voice (and singing in a lower register) does a terrific job. Kudos guys! Thanks for making this available again!
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