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  • Summary: The sophomore solo album for The Kinks' lead singer was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 20
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  1. Overall, the album's humor level is a little lower than usual for Davies, but the reflective songs are among his most intimate and touching.
  2. Café draws Davies out just enough to refresh and reinforce his legend.
  3. Singer and song shine through clearly on Working Man’s Café, another great album from Ray Davies, who had already given us so much to love.
  4. 80
    There are times when the playing of the session band is slick to the point of blandness, and the production (by Davies and Ray Kennedy) is crisply tasteful when the songs cry out for dissonance.... But when it works, it works.
  5. It could have come across as professional formalism enhancing a half-assed satirist's latest free-market nightmare, but Working Man's Café adds lyricism to the reportage and makes itself useful enough.
  6. Musically, Davies is on track, with strong arrangements and a capable band, but vocally he often reaches too far and ends up detracting from the song. [Spring 2008, p.82]
  7. Davies' trademark softer delivery saves 'Imaginary Man,' but convincing vocalizations remain a major problem at the Café. Two steps forward, one step back.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. IgnacioD.
    Nov 22, 2008
    A very compassionate, complex and interesting albums from the greatest songwriter in rock.
  2. DeanA.
    Feb 24, 2008
    Ray's best material in years. He combines the 'classic Ray melodies' and ocassional lyrical revisits such as 'the world keeps going round' with solid rock riffs- 'Hymm For A New Age' and 'Peace In Our Time' His humor, observations and sarcasim are welcome-'Morphine Song' It's a pleasure to still have Ray Davies producing great music. He is one of a kind. We need a North America tour!! Expand
  3. RonnyV.
    Feb 22, 2008
    This is Ray at his best .
  4. RayL.
    Apr 23, 2008
    What other singer/songwriter can produce such original material after a 40-year plus career. Each your collective hearts out, Rolling Stones.
  5. KenM.
    Apr 5, 2008
    A very strong effort from Ray. A notch above Other Peoples Lives, which I thought was quite good. I'm happy that old Ray still has his chops. Favorite cuts include Imaginary Man, No One Listen, In a Moment, and Voodoo Walk. Expand
  6. SteveL.
    Apr 7, 2008
    Title track, You're Asking Me and Real World make for some shining standout moments.
  7. Mar 25, 2014
    One word. Hate! I just did.t understand the central plot or goal of the album at all. When I start hearing music like this, I feel bad for man-kind. I'm disgusted! Expand

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