Thanksgiving Day EP





Mods had many reasons to give thanks last week and one of them was with the release of Ray Davies (The Kinks) first ever solo record. I'll be honest; I am a huge fan of The Kinks earlier stuff, but the later tunes from them I kind of pushed to the wayside. Needless to say I was very curious what this EP was like and popped it in immediately. This EP is acting as a precursor for the full length, Other People's Lives, which comes out in February via V2. "Thanksgiving Day", the first song on the album, expresses Davies' newfound desire to discover America, all the while championing the common man. It describes, you guessed it, a typical Thanksgiving Day for several families. On first listen it sounds a lot like Wilson Pickett meets Otis Redding, and that is in a good way. The cool thing about this song is that all the proceeds raised by the online sales of this single will benefit New Orleans music education programs. Next on deck is "Yours Truly Confused N10" and shows a different side of the songwriter. Could it be because he originally wrote the song for his daughter's punk band? Regardless, Davies' British accent is at its thickest during "Yours Truly Confused N10" and you can really hear the different ranges that Davies can offer. For example, at times his voice is very David Bowie sounding and it works nicely with the big brass sections that feature Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra. The album ends with "London Song", an older track called "Storyteller" and an alternate version of "Thanksgiving Day". This EP is a must have for any fan of The Kinks, and to complete your collection. That is, until Other People's Lives comes out next year.

Ray Davies
V2

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Thanksgiving Day EP