A Brilliant Master Piece
By Jonathan Sgalambro
Sleazy Town might be one of the greatest songs ever written. In the vast scope that is Rock and Roll, Sleazy Town stands a top a mountain of greatness, which has never been reached by any other. Long live Sleazy Town and long live The Kinks!
Lost & Found
When I was a teenager growing up in southeastern CT, a brand new radio station was started up out of Providence, RI called WRX. They regularly played the single Lost & Found from this album and I never forgot it. Never heard it anywhere else, but I never forgot it. Absolutely inspirational.
A few gems
The hit on this album was the Rock 'n' Roll Cities but another overlooked gem is Welcome to Sleazy Town. Ray's appreciation for a town that was both sleazy and wonderfully alive probably explains his adopting New Orleans as his hometown. Let's hope the corporations don't clean up NOLA as they did in fictional Sleazy Town. The poor man was stabbed there a few years ago, but, judging from his last album, his love for the city has not diminished.
lost and found
By squirming coil
i used to listen to this album a lot when it was first released and it is decent although certainly not the best kinks or classic kinks. i highly recommend buying one track-- "lost and found" as i find this song inspiring and moving. "we were lost and found standing here looking at the new frontier..."
"Think Visual" may not rank amongst the Kinks' greatest albums, but it's a sleeper that always rewards repeat visits. "Rock 'n' Roll Cities," the single, doesn't bring much to the table apart from a lot of loud guitar and a chance for Dave Davies to get his rocks off. He fares much better with the lovely closer, "When You Were a Child," his best Kinks' song since "Death of a Clown" or at least "Living on a Thin Line." As for older brother (and lead songwriter/singer) Ray, he's in fine form throughout. Check out "Killing Time," "Natural Gift," "Lost and Found," the title track and especially "How Are You" -- all worthy picks for any Kinks playlist smart enough to dig deeper than the usual greatest hits.