The Kinks' second album for MCA was The Kinks Live: The Road, a tepid document of their workmanlike arena rock shows from 1987. At the time of recording, the group couldn't fill the arenas they were packing in the early '80s, so they began moving back to theaters. Perhaps the band resented being sent back to smaller venues, since they exhibited very little passion or excitement as they ran through their recent hits and old war horses. The album also included a new, studio-recorded song called "The Road," which was a chronicle of the band's typical touring experiences. Like the rest of the record, the song wasn't anything special.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine