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  • Summary: Inspired in part by his 2013 memoir, the first solo studio release for the Kinks founding member in a decade was co-produced with Guy Massey and John Jackson.
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  1. Apr 28, 2017
    100
    Americana is damn near as excellent an album as Davies has delivered since the ‘70s, a set of songs that will someday be seen as among his best.
  2. 83
    Even as he’s celebrating the wonder of America and all its spoils, there’s an undercurrent of razor cynicism that belies the joy. That’s the fun yin and yang that makes Americana such a rich listen.
  3. Mojo
    Apr 10, 2017
    80
    Americana shows a man still writing to find out his place in the world. He's seen it all, he's seen through it all, but there's still open road ahead. There's no better adventure than that. [May 2017, p.86]
  4. 80
    The news is good though: Davies is in terrific, matchless voice, his storied career standing up to a sprawling treatment without too much drag.
  5. 80
    There’s a lot to chew on, but Americana is an overstuffed, first class offering from one of the UK’s most feted songwriters and a worthy entry into Ray Davies’ rightfully esteemed catalog.
  6. Apr 28, 2017
    80
    Showing himself to have lost none of his wit, melodic acumen or genuine love of and for people, places and things, Americana is as fine a late-career album as one could hope for. For long-time fans and neophytes alike, Americana is a treasure to behold.
  7. Apr 20, 2017
    40
    The general mood, though, is one of an Alan Partridge-presented country happy hour, unsuitable all of the day and all of the night.

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