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Our Country: Americana Act 2

Ray Davies

Our Country: Americana Act 2

Follow-up to the 2017 Americana from The Kinks frontman features The Jayhawks

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  1. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Davies has lost none of the wit or passion for music that secures his position as one of our greatest living songwriters
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  2. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    It's full of warmth, wit, spoken word, and musical digressions
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  3. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Everything here remains personal, but it is also a cooler proposition. There's a degree of studio craft and narrative control here that Davies has never bettered. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   Q

    A hugely entertaining album. A musical travelogue whose breadth of styles fits the vast nation it eulogises. Print edition only

  5. 7.5 |   Paste Magazine

    Davies dabbles in a pre-rock rhythm & blues sound in the trebly guitar riff and swinging beat on “Back in the Day,” rootsy New Orleans swing “A Street Called Hope” and country-folk in the steel guitar and mandolin on “Bringing Up Baby”
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  6. 6.0 |   Mojo

    There are some hammy moments on Americana Act II, but Davies' status as one of pop's great storytellers endures. Print edition only

  7. 5.0 |   All Music

    Davies still possesses a sharp eye and sly sense of humor, so Our Country has its moments, but they're moments, not songs, and they're overwhelmed by his clumsy dramatic pretensions, which are undone by his reluctance to tie his theatricality into an actual narrative
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  8. 5.0 |   PopMatters

    Kinks frontman Ray Davies has some thoughts to share about his time in the United States, some banal and some deeply personal
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  9. 5.0 |   American Songwriter

    Perhaps it’s time to retire the Americana thing and move onto a new venture, like the recently announced Kinks reunion
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