Word of Mouth Import, Hybrid SACD
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most recent customer reviews
I have always been a Kinks fan ever since I heard L-O-L-A LA LA LA LOLA and "Come Dancing" re-inforced my appreciation for this group. Read morePublished on Jan. 13 2014 by Dave
You know, my uncle Curtis just love this album, but he have it on record and not cd. To me and my sister it sound kind of lame but he play it so much we just get used to listening... Read morePublished on June 29 2004
This album was the last good effort from the Kinks and was definitely the beginning of the end for the band. Read morePublished on April 30 2001
In the 1980s, the Kinks became a singles band, even if many of the singles were not huge hits. Starting with the breakthrough album "State of Confusion," they surrounded... Read morePublished on June 6 2000 by Brian D. Rubendall
I think Word Of Mouth is a great album. I like the opening (Do It Again), but my favourite song of all time is Sold Me Out. It sounds like a punk record. Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2000 by Michael Dunham
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. Read morePublished on Aug. 6 1999 by Renee Jackson
Of all their 70's and 80's work Word Of Mouth and State Of Confusion both stand up well to their classic work. Read morePublished on May 14 1999 by Wayne Klein