Americana Ray Davies Legacy/Sony Memories of rock days of yore, black-and-white cowboy movies, interminable highways and other vignettes from the pages of his 2013 memoir merge with vintage riffs and ambivalent feelings about America in Ray Davies’ first album in a decade. Even if his new songs fail to match the acuity of 1960s’ Kinks-era satires on English society such as Sunny Afternoon and Dedicated Follower of Fashion, there’s no shortage of the pithy lines that are his stock-in-trade. Recording Americana in a London studio founded by his old band has seemingly also triggered the regurgitation of classic Kinks hooks (from All Day and All of the Night and their cover of Louie Louie) in I’ve Heard That Beat Before and The Great Highway. The latter contains some of his sharpest prose: “Bright eyes like wishing wells / Instamatic kiss and tell / Optimistic self-belief / College girls with perfect teeth.” Another song preceded by a short narration from Davies’ memoir harnesses the title of the track in a poignant simile: “Rock ‘n’ roll cowboys on the ol’ wagon train / You had your time but it won’t come again.” Quirky phrasing and a Nashville cadence power Poetry, another standout. If the singer strains to reach high notes here and there, his accompanists — veteran American altcountry rockers the Jayhawks — step forward with strong vocal back-up, most notably in Message from the Road, a sotto voce and tuneful duet with the band’s Karen Grotberg, and in the bluesy rocker A Place in Your Heart.