See My Friends

  • Record Label: Decca
  • Release Date: Apr 5, 2011

Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 13
  2. Negative: 4 out of 13
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  1. 83
    Here he redoes his early hits alongside pals like Bruce Springsteen, Billy Corgan, and Spoon.
  2. 75
    The performers on this one likely count it among their career highlights, but those who have kept up with the quality of Davies' output in recent years may well be more interested in what he has yet to say rather than revisiting what he's already said so beautifully.
  3. Apr 5, 2011
    The highlight of this collaborative set is "Days/This Time Tomorrow," a medley of Kinks classics.
  4. Apr 4, 2011
    A tribute album starring the man of honor himself, who also curated the whole affair, See My Friends is a bit of a curious creature.
  5. Apr 1, 2011
    See My Friends sees him plunder his back catalogue, with generally pleasurable results.
  6. Apr 1, 2011
    These all-star gatherings are more fun for the artists than the listener.
  7. Apr 1, 2011
    It feels like a personal journey through the past on his part, and a genuine tribute from those who've contributed.
  8. 50
    See My Friends proves, if nothing else, that there's simply no force on Earth malevolent enough to destroy a good Ray Davies ditty.
  9. Q Magazine
    Apr 6, 2011
    Davies' voice, weathered but still fine as a Waterloo sunset, is complemented by few here. [Dec 2010, p.113]
  10. Apr 5, 2011
    Sadly, See My Friends is mostly embarrassing, pairing Davies with ill-matched partners like Billy Corgan, Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora, and Metallica, who reduce "You Really Got Me" to third-rate bar-band fodder.
  11. May 19, 2011
    Square-peg/round-hole pairings of the Kinkster and guests seldom jell as duets (Bruce Springsteen), but covers from Lucinda Williams ("Long Way From Home") and Jackson Browne ("Waterloo Sunset") make for choice B-sides.
  12. Apr 4, 2011
    See My Friends will not be a stain on Ray Davies' soul. By the same token, it will be forgotten pretty quickly.
  13. Apr 21, 2011
    The occasional highlight isn't enough to make up for the cloth-eared versions of timeless songs found elsewhere on the record, or to cover up for the fact that See My Friends is a mostly soulless, and an entirely pointless album.
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  1. May 6, 2011
    Ok this CD isn't great. Other than the guest appreance by Mumsford and Son which is awesome. However this album did cause me to relook at someOk this CD isn't great. Other than the guest appreance by Mumsford and Son which is awesome. However this album did cause me to relook at some of the older Kink's songs and realize just how great a song like "Dead End Street" is. Like most of the artist w/guests albums these days some tracks are pretty good, some are awful. All in all, the best use for this album is to show you that there are some early Kink's songs to look up and give a second chance to. I was hoping that this was going to be a third solo album from Ray. His first two "Other Peoples Lives" and "Working mans cafe" are very good works! Keep the new music coming Ray, the Kink's stuff will hold itself up. Full Review »