The Kinks
Something Else by The Kinks


5.0
classic

Review

by riffariffic7 USER (16 Reviews)
February 9th, 2015 | 18 replies


Release Date: 1967 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The sweet sound of pure, unbridled joy.

The Kinks are one of those joyful bands that constantly delivered phenomenal music at a mesmerizing ratio. They are quite simply a one-of-a-kind, brilliant band all-around. During April 1966, they began recording this album, Something Else by The Kinks, which - while it did churn out two hit singles - didn't sell well at all. For an album that is hailed by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the 500 Greatest Albums of All-Time, ranked as #288, the fact that this record didn't pick up the sales that it deserved back in the day is genuinely quite surprising. Thankfully, they kept on pouncing back with one great album after another. But, while The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society might be more highly regarded as their best album, Something Else is truly something else entirely.

"David Watts" opens up the album in a weird, but thoroughly rollicking fashion, jumping in with some behind-the-scenes banter, as well as the humorously catchy "fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa" chants. "Death of a Clown" follows after and it is definitely the most eerie, utterly haunting track on this record. Pleasant and happy from the on-set, the lyrics soon give this song a chilling atmosphere: "The old fortune teller lies dead on the floor / nobody needs fortunes told any more"; the sound effect used after the "old fortune teller" line is absolutely terrifying, but the song retains a joyous tone throughout, bringing to mind a once innocent little track like "Stuck in the Middle", forever transformed into something else (courtesy of a certain Tarantino classic). Soon after appears "Two Sisters" which, at a mere 2 minutes, is the shortest track on the record; the song retains the delightful, yet subtly eerie nature of the first-two tracks, all the while backed by an amazing keyboard performance from Nicky Hopkins.

Keeping up the momentum, "Situation Vacant" closes out side one with some of the finest instrumental moments on the record. The piano and drum-beats are respectively calming and staggering, most notably during the opening seconds, perfectly indicating the playfully amusing back-and-forth nature between the verses and choruses throughout. "Love Me Till the Sun Shines" introduces side two in a witty, upbeat fashion, describing a hilariously awkward relationship between man and woman: "You don't have to sleep with me / or rest your head upon my knee / you just have to love me till the sun shines". Dave Davies lead vocals on this track, as well as "Death of a Clown" and "Funny Face" alike, are outstanding. Furthermore, Pete Quaife really stands out while playing bass guitar here; especially at the beginning, giving "Love Me Till the Sun Shines" a uniquely epic melody despite the whimsical lyrics on-display throughout.

Quality songs continue to pile up, with tracks such as the aforementioned "Funny Face", "End of the Season" and the endearing "Waterloo Sunset" closing out this masterful album in spectacular fashion. "Funny Face" is an odd little song because of Dave's vocal performance during the verses. He often comes across as being completely unrecognisable, that is until he sings lines such as "but what can I do about it" and "I see you peering through frosted windows", which gives the lines that are far more clear than others a subtle, poignant feeling throughout. "End of the Season" is a perfect song for winter, flawlessly describing the season's dreary nature with the beautiful sound of summer birds chirping in the background. Finally, "Waterloo Sunset" is a masterpiece that begs to be heard. The vocals by Ray Davies are simply beautiful and the wonderful guitar chords throughout are similar to Blue Swede's one-hit wonder, "Hooked on a Feeling", giving this song a bouncy and irresistibly pleasant feel all the way till the end.

Something Else by The Kinks shoots by in (what feels like) a heartbeat. At close to 37 minutes in length, most of the tracks hardly go over the 3 minute mark; which makes this album extremely easy to dive right into and enjoy. There is not a single dull song within this record. It is purely enjoyable from start-to-finish. This is a charming, masterpiece of an album that deserves to be heard. Songs such as "David Watts", "Love Me Till the Sun Shines", "Waterloo Sunset", and a whole plethora of others are instant classics.



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riffariffic7
February 9th 2015


432 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

1. David Watts - 5/5

2. Death Of A Clown - 5/5

3. Two Sisters - 5/5

4. No Return - 4.5/5

5. Harry Rag - 5/5

6. Tin Soldier Man - 4.5/5

7. Situation Vacant - 5/5

8. Love Me Till The Sun Shines - 5/5

9. Lazy Old Sun - 4.5/5

10. Afternoon Tea - 4.5/5

11. Funny Face - 5/5

12. End Of The Season - 5/5

13. Waterloo Sunset - 5/5



Such a great album. Hopefully "Waterloo Sunset" can make it onto the Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 2 album when the sequel arrives in 2016 or '17 (or whenever it comes out, there are too many comic-book movies to keep track of). It's the perfect follow-up to a song like "Hooked on a Feeling", except it's even better than that song because it's from a far greater band. Hope you all get the chance to check this album out, it's probably the best album I've reviewed thus far. I love it.

laughingman22
February 9th 2015


2326 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

great review need to check out more kinks, I've only heard the village green and that was pretty much a masterpiece

manosg
Contributing Reviewer
February 9th 2015


8241 Comments


Nice write up, pos.

Haven't checked this one yet but after your review I'll make it my priority.

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riffariffic7
February 9th 2015


432 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks, guys. And trust me, especially after listening to "Waterloo Sunset", you'll definitely want to

listen to the entire album soon after. It's incredible. I love Village Green, but I think this album is

even better. Some songs from Village Green were written around the time that this album was being

recorded. So, if you liked Village Green, you're guaranteed to like this one just as much, if not more.

ZackSh33
February 9th 2015


494 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I dig Village Green and Waterloo Sunset so much, but this album was nowhere as good as Village Green, in my mind.



Death of a Clown, David Watts, Harry Rag, and Waterloo Sunset are all amazing though.



Good read!

riffariffic7
February 9th 2015


432 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks, Zack. I'd rank Village Green a 5/5 too, so, in my book, it's not too far off from this album. "Waterloo Sunset" in particular really puts it over-the-top for me. Every song is a breeze to sit down and listen to as well.

Titan
February 9th 2015


9249 Comments


Great review, enjoy a pos.

And I can definitely see Waterloo making the GOTG soundtrack, not sure if you read that somewhere or if you can just 'picture it'.

riffariffic7
February 9th 2015


432 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I appreciate it, Titan. I could just picture it as soon as I heard it. Definitely reminded me of "Hooked

on a Feeling" when I first checked it out.

TWIGtheWONDERKID
February 9th 2015


1265 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice review of a great album, Waterloo Sunset is a brilliant album closer.

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 9th 2015


20811 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

YES. album needed a review badly

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riffariffic7
February 9th 2015


432 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks, WONDERKID. "Waterloo Sunset" is easily one of the best album closers I've ever heard. I can't get enough of it. And, yes, this album definitely needed a review, Atari. Happy I was the first to be able to do so, but I was kind of shocked by how this had no reviews. This is The Kinks we're talking about after all. Such an amazing band.

argonaut
February 9th 2015


818 Comments


Good review. And Waterloo Sunset is definitely one of the greatest songs ever, in my mind.

laughingman22
February 9th 2015


2326 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

great album, so glad you convinced me to listen

riffariffic7
February 9th 2015


432 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks, argonaut, and I totally agree with you on "Waterloo Sunset". Happy to hear that I inspired you to give this album a listen, laughingman. It's such a joyous album in a sea of ones that (nowadays) take themselves far too seriously. I'm loving old records such as this, they make me feel good inside which is just alright. :D

KILL
August 2nd 2015


74378 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

holy shit missed this review hard and yea waterloo is one of the best songs ever

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
August 3rd 2015


20811 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

KILL you should check out Muswell Hillbillies if you haven't heard it. Criminally underrated Kinks record

Maladjusted
August 20th 2015


74 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think i prefer it more than Face to Face

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
August 26th 2015


20811 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

had to bump this to a 4.5, currently my favorite kinks record. david watts, harry rag, tin soldier man, waterloo sunset....so many superb tracks



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