The Kinks

Kinkdom

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Kinkdom is the American version of the Kinks' third album, boasting an altered sequence, plus a few singles. The end result may be a little bit of a hodgepodge, but not notably so, since the Kinks weren't making deliberately cohesive albums at the time. And while a few of the songs are simply run-of-the-mill, there are some terrific numbers here -- not just "A Well Respected Man" and "Dedicated Follower of Fashion," but the exuberant "Who'll Be the Next in Line" and "I Need You," the menacing "I'm Not Like Everybody Else," and the haunting "See My Friends." This results in a fine listen, but after Castle's 1998 revamping of the Kinks' catalog, it's better to pick the music up on those reissues.

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