The defining statement for the Davies brothers and their rotating cast of players, The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society is a precursor to all varieties of twee pop, folk rock and psychedelia, an instructive textbook in saccharine song-writing and sugar-laced guitar melodies. The Kinks had a unanimously agreed-upon classic, and this is it -- because it's the one that makes us all smile the hardest.
Vinyl LP £16.99 5414939641619
Reissue LP on Sanctuary in mono.
10/10 Jack 30th January 2015
On Village Green Preservation Society, the band nearly gave up rock completely, coming up with a primarily acoustic set of songs, each of which is a character sketch of an inhabitant in a fictional, pastoral English village (reminiscent of the poetry collection Spoon River Anthology). The album is sweet and charming, and hard to believe it came from the same guys as "You Really Got Me." Not that this isn't poppy -- the title song is pretty catchy, as are tracks like "Do You Remember Walter," "Picture Book," and "Johnny Thunder" -- but it's much more subtle, with Davies having enough faith in his lyrics to let them stand up without a fail-safe guitar crunch in the background.
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