Album #167 – Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire)
Of all of the albums by The Kinks that I have listened to so far, this is my least favorite. It took me three days to get through it. That is not to say there are some good songs on here because there are. The album’s opening track, Victoria, is one of my favorite tracks by The Kinks. I actually get to hear it during my shifts at work and it instantly puts a smile on my face. The lyrics in that song are funny and genius at the same time. But, the album seems to go downhill from there. I did enjoy Some Mother’s Son and Drivin’ but after that the album became boring and tedious. The Kinks, by this point, exhausted the concept album. They should have moved on to something else. They eventually did but not until the mid 70’s. The only other tracks I liked from this album were Shangri-La and Young and Innocent Days. It was very mellow and soft compared to the albums other tracks and the lyrics caught me by surprised. Shangri-La was very much the same way. But, most of this album was boring, tedious and The Kinks exhausted the concept album. Overall, I give this album 2.5 out of 5.
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