State of Confusion Import, Hybrid SACD
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Their biggest hit in years, this 1983 LP soared to #12 and gave the band two more smash hits: Come Dancing and Don't Forget to Dance .
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It certainly cannot be argued that S.O.C. moves around quite a bit. That being the only drawback to this album, it moves from rockers to crying-in-your-beer songs. I feel the tracks that stand out on here are State of Confusion, Definate Maybe, Come Dancing, Property, Noise, Young Conservatives, Once a Thief, Long Distance, Don't Forget to Dance and Heart of Gold.
To compare this album to past works is really unfair. The Kinks have always been about progression in music, period. I think this album sees them moving. Sadly they really wouldn't progress beyong this, we just have Word of Mouth after this album. State of Confusion is for the hardcore Kinks fan and for the beginner. Buy it this album is gold!
The album rocks through its early stages with the simply fantastic title track and the gritty guitar rips on "Labour of Love." But the intensity proves ceaseless on this record, as the album dips into slower, unforgettable ballads that solidified Ray Davies's place as one of the top five greatest songwriters in rock history. When they're not rocking, their jerking your tear ducts with "Come Dancing" and 'Don't Forget to Dance," both of which are likely to tear the life out of listener's hearts with the former's nostalgia and the latter's wistful croon. Sandwiched in between those two legendary tracks is an equally gorgeous but forgotten ballad in "Property," but the album blasts back into trademark Kink rock with "Young Conservatives" and the far superior "Heart of Gold."
On a purely technical note, Mick Avory's drumming is the stuff of ledgends all throughout the album, and is that Dave Davies or Robert Plant singing on "Bernadette?"
This is a fabulous rock record because it embodies superior songwriting compounded with gritty musicianship. That was hard to find in 1983, and today it is a non-existent combination. This album is proof that "older" doesn't always mean "washed up."
Most recent customer reviews
I love this album for first of all it's sound quality, A bit lighter touch than Give the People What They Want. Ray and Dave Davies seem to be a bit more together on this one. Read morePublished 18 months ago by brian edward kirton
.....and I still love the band and the album 20 years later. Life is a B Rated Movie is one of the greatest rock songs of all time, and as someone else so astutely stated in their... Read morePublished on May 8 2003
The Kings brand of rock has always been a simple a formula. A few guitar chords and a driving beat behind some of the best working class lyrics in popular music. Read morePublished on Feb. 8 2003 by Eric E. Weinraub
This is a great, under-rated album. The last appearance of Mick Avory, it represents the Kinks last great recording, and contains two of its most endearing songs, Come Dancing and... Read morePublished on April 14 2001
'State of Confusion' was the best of the Kink's 80's releases. 'State of Confusion' and the following Kink's album 'Word of Mouth' contained some of the best material the Kinks... Read morePublished on March 2 2001 by Guitar Man
This was the album that brought The Kinks back into the spotlight after many years of laboring in the wilderness. And rightly so. Read morePublished on June 6 2000 by Brian D. Rubendall
I remember enjoying this album when it was first released, and I was twelve. After all these years, I can now appreciate it as an adult, and I enjoy it even more. Read morePublished on Feb. 21 2000 by Chad Netzer
To me, it was tough to follow up the perfect Give the People What They Want. And while the Kinks didn't quite match that album's overall output, State of Confusion is an excellent... Read morePublished on Nov. 9 1999