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Universal acclaim- based on 30 Ratings

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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