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  • Summary: This is the first album of any kind in eight years (and the first true solo singer-songwriter album period) for the former leader of the Kinks.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Davies has lost little of his ability to marry great rock melodies to exquisitely offbeat lyrics. [24 Feb 2006, p.61]
  2. His lyrics remain slightly twisted, the music is uniformly dark and the singer's still a little freaky.
  3. Reverberate[s] with the wistfulness and introspection that have forever been his trademark.
  4. Other People’s Lives is a record to get lost in, especially for those who can close their eyes and trust a sly old cuss to bring them back.
  5. 70
    [An] assured and surprising record. [Mar 2006, p.110]
  6. An album that delights as much as it disappoints, leaving the listener not celebrating the rebirth of one of England's greatest songwriters, but slightly confused.
  7. Uniformly mediocre.... It leads one to assume he's either lost the ability to discern the padding from the profound or he just didn't give a shit.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Jim
    Mar 21, 2007
    10
    Ray is the man! Superb album!!
  2. FredF
    Apr 13, 2006
    10
    If you are a Kinkophile, this one will satisfy your yearning for a return to Ray's magnificent take on all things this life has to If you are a Kinkophile, this one will satisfy your yearning for a return to Ray's magnificent take on all things this life has to offer. "Other People's Lives" just may hit you on a sunny afternoon, and if it does, it will leave you happy. It really got me. Expand
  3. PhilipL
    Feb 23, 2006
    10
    An excellent group of songs performed wonderfully. It's not officially a Kink's album but it sure sounds like one of their An excellent group of songs performed wonderfully. It's not officially a Kink's album but it sure sounds like one of their excellent late 70's efforts. Expand
  4. House
    May 22, 2006
    10
    Ray Davies releases his first solo album at age 61! Better late than never and better than ever. There are many who emulate him but only one Ray Davies releases his first solo album at age 61! Better late than never and better than ever. There are many who emulate him but only one orignal. This album was worth the wait. You'll laugh, you'll cry...Ray Davies at his best! Expand
  5. JacquesD
    Mar 19, 2006
    9
    What a delight. I love Ray!
  6. jerryH
    Apr 4, 2006
    9
    Much, much better than expected. Excellent melodies, lyrics, songwriting.
  7. NormP
    Mar 5, 2006
    5
    Like the Kinks LPs from the late 80's up to Phobia, a couple of gems such as Over My Head and All She Wrote, surrounded by a bunch of Like the Kinks LPs from the late 80's up to Phobia, a couple of gems such as Over My Head and All She Wrote, surrounded by a bunch of mediocre filler, and over-produced at that. Expand

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