The Kinks, State Of Confusion

Chris Hunt

By Chris Hunt

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

State Of Confusion

The Kinks
The Davies boys regain their pop relevance.

The Kinks finally became pop stars again with the release of "Come Dancing," a nostalgic nod to the Ilford Palais and the dancehalls of the '50s. A huge Stateside hit six months before the release of the album, it flopped initially in the UK until the video was aired on Top of the Pops in an item about the American charts, catapulting the record into the Top 20. The album that followed had its share of winning moments, such as the title track, a fist-in-the-air rock anthem about domestic disharmony. Davies is always at his best when drawing on personal experiences to paint pictures of the lives of others, as on "Property," a tale of the division of possessions after a marriage break-up (such as the one he had just experienced). "Heart of Gold" meanwhile is a wonderfully upbeat semi-acoustic jangle that took Princess Anne's infamous "naff off" putdown of the paparazzi as its starting point but from there on in was largely inspired by the birth of his daughter with Chrissie Hynde.