In my history of listening to music Sir Ray Davies and his band The Kinks play a prominent role. I was way too young to follow their amazing career as it happened, but I remember how I bought Arthur Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire at a fanous record shop in Cologne, Germany. We went to Cologne two or three times a year and I spent a lot of my hard earned money into vinyl records.
In the end I owned more than twenty albums of The Kinks. Ray Davies is 73 years old now, he became Sir Ray some years ago, well deserved. Davies has been one of the greatest British songwriters aver and the band that never became as famous as their contemporaries The Rolling Stones or The Beatles would have deserved much more attention.
Americana is yet another solo album of Ray, the Kinks won’t return since the brothers Ray and Dave who carried the band are on no speaking terms.
I love Americana for its crafted songwriting and I love it because I love its backing band, the American alt country legens The Jayhawks.
“For more than 50 years, he’s been England’s great social satirist and commentator. If The Kinks are pop music’s quintessential British band, then Davies is by extension its quintessential British songwriter. Turns out Davies was right. Americana is a big story, and it’s not one with tidy resolutions or easy fixes. But Davies is far less preoccupied with trying to tie up the loose ends than he is pointing out America’s dual narratives. There is the fantasy and there is real life, and more often than not they bleed over into one another. And once again, it took the efforts of one of our greatest living songwriters to spell it all out for us.” (Consequence of Sound)