Reason #464 Why The ’80’s Didn’t Suck: Give The People What They Want
It may not be the best Kinks album (definitely), but it contains at least 2 of the best songs Ray Davies ever wrote. Better Things is right up there with the best of the Kinks’ ’60’s output, Waterloo Sunset included. If there was a song with more heart released during this decade I’d like to know about it. Art Lover could have been released on Arthur and blended in perfectly while the much maligned Destroyer will always remain a favorite, even though it’s a pretty blatant rip-off of All Day and All Of The Night. Hey, it’s ok to rip off your own songs, dontchaknow?
There are others, too: The title track and Around The Dial are both above par late-period Kink rockers, and Killer’s Eyes and A Little Bit Of Abuse, while a tad derivative, are pretty good. Overall, a solid 6/10 and I might even bump it up to a 7 due to the standouts being soooo good. And look how well Better Things is integrated into this scene from the overlooked remake of The Manchurian Candidate: