October 22, 2020

1987-02-13 – Florida Today

1987 02 13 Florida_Today_Fri__Feb_13__1987_

RECORD REVIEWS

rTownshend sound track is inspired;
’Kinks blend diverse styles in one LP

, Associated Press

If forced to say something nice
about the effect of video on popular
A music, say it has inspired Pete
‘ Townshend.

The former Who guitarist fol-
lowed 1985’s lively “White City"
concert Video with a video of a
concert he performed in Brixton,
England.

This soundtrack documents the
depth and breadth of Townshend’s
talent and shows that more than two
decades after the “British Invasion,"
Townshend still has plenty to say
and the chops with which to do it.

“Deep End Live!” includes two
covers as well as songs Townshend
recorded solo or with The Who. Part
of the fun is that he gets radical with
the arrangements; “Eyesight to the
Blind," from The Who’s “Tommy”
album, and “I Put a Spell on You,” a
Z Creedence Clearwater Revival hit,
bear little resemblance to earlier
versions.

“Pinball Wizard" is simply
Townshend singing and strumming,
with the crowd providing backup
vocals.

Elsewhere, the grooves are filled
by keyboards, an airtight horn
section and rich percussion.

annshend is bummed out about
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love through much of the record.
But he changes his tune on the
soaring “A Little Is Enough,” sing-
ing: “Your love’s so incredible, your
body so edible, you give me an
overdose of love. Just a little is
enoug .”

Townshend gives us a happy
ending, and it’s clear his career is
far from finished.

-—By Steven Wine

The Kinks, one of rock’s most
enduring groups, has had a good
share of commercial success and
has produced a handful of rock
milestones, but the band’s influence
cannot be measured by its own
production alone.

Rather, the Kinks have had a
widespread influence on rock in
general, coloring the sound of diver-
se segments of the music, from
heavy metal to lyrical pop.

On “Think Visual,” the Kinks’
25th album and the first for MCA
Records, all its myriad styles are
present.

Dave Davies’ guitar crunching
“Rock’n’Roll Cities” is a classic rock
anthem guaranteed to get radio
airplay. But it is brother Ray Da-
vies’ contributions that define the
Kinks’sound.

Ray, who wrote all but two of the
album’s 11 songs, combines bouncy,

simple rhythms with punkishly de-
livered lyrics, often with pungent
political or social themes.

His songs can be enjoyed on two
levels: as diverting rock’n’roll, or as
thoughtful comments on modern
life.

“Think Visual” is a perfect exam-
ple of this combination. The guitar-
driven rocker takes a cynical look
at modern day marketing and
merchandising. The reggae-tinged
“Video Shop” focuses on video tape
rentals, and when Ray Davies sings,
“150 a day and I’ll fly, fly you away,”
he makes video escapism sound like
drugs.

“Working at the Factory” is an
autobiographical song about a
working class kid who becomes a
rock star, and then decries the
growth of “corporate.” or formula
rock: “never wanted to be like
everybody else, but now there are so
many like me sitting on the shelf.”
Davies sings with barely controlled
anger.

When a band has produced 25
albums, its latest albums can often
be overlooked because the new
material cannot compare with what
it produced in the past — especially
if that production included “You
Really Got Me,” “Come Dancing"
and “Lola.”

'But it would be a mistake to
overlook “Think Visual." The Kinks
still stand with the best.

-- By Larry Kilman

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