RAY DAVIES

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - | MUSIC REVIEWS - LAURENMURPHY

Le­gacy Record­ings Ray Davies’s 2013 mem­oir was not just a rec­ol­lec­tion of his life ex­pe­ri­ences but also the cat­a­lyst for his first al­bum since 2007, which, like the book, is called Amer­i­cana. Now 72, the Kinks man uses the col­lec­tion of songs to re­flect on the en­tan­gle­ment of the United States in his life; sev­eral spo­ken-word pas­sages from al­bum the (on book which punc­tu­ateDavies has the en­list­ed­back­ing band).The Jay­hawks Alt-coun­tryas his songs like A Long Drive Home to Tarzana and A Place in Your Heart suit Davies’s voice, while the ti­tle track is flush with twangy guitars and full-bod­ied har­monies. Else­where, Po­etry in­jects a 1970s new-wave snarl, while the heav­ier growl of The Mys­tery Room un­leashes his la­tent rock god. At­ten­tion be­gins to wa­ver to­wards the al­bum’s end, but there are songs here that sug­gest Davies still has plenty to of­fer. ray­davies.info Amer­i­cana ★★★

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