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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. Davies' tone has the ironic air of a cockney calypso, while the music anchors his musings in familiar surroundings. [Mar 2006, p.88]
  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. It is a cocky, winning performance by a singer-songwriter who, on this album, for the first time in his rock & roll life, is truly on his own. [23 Feb 2006, p.61]
  6. [The] glossy, over-the-top production style... detracts from the beauty and wit of the songs themselves. [#12, p.90]
  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
    Ray is the man! Superb album!!
  2. FredF
    Apr 13, 2006
    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
    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
    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
    What a delight. I love Ray!
  6. jerryH
    Apr 4, 2006
    Much, much better than expected. Excellent melodies, lyrics, songwriting.
  7. NormP
    Mar 5, 2006
    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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