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See My Friends

Ray Davies

See My Friends

The Kinks frontman reinterprets some of their classics with the help of Springsteen, Bon Jovi and Mumford and Sons among others

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  1. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Davies' songbook is so deep, this could be a box set
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  2. 7.0 |   Blurt

    When will his adoring public learn to have faith in Ray Davies' new projects?
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  3. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    Does the presence of Jackson Browne really add anything to a song as close to perfection as Waterloo Sunset? Of course it doesn't
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  4. 6.0 |   Uncut

    The ratio of hits and misses is roughly equal. Print edition only

  5. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Bruce Springsteen and Metallica do exactly what you'd expect to "Better Things" and "You Really Got Me" respectively
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  6. 6.0 |   The Digital Fix

    Davies’ friends may have impeccable pedigrees but he might have been better to limit his selection to fewer, choicer acts
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  7. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    Mumford & Sons shine on a medley of Days and This Time Tomorrow, while Paloma Faith is terrifically sly on Lola
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  8. 6.0 |   Clash

    Springsteen is on fine form on ‘Better Things’; ‘Days’ could have been made for Mumford And Sons
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  9. 6.0 |   The Scotsman

    Extends his shelf life yet further with this compilation of his best loved songs remade and remodelled
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  10. 6.0 |   State

    A mixed bag
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  11. 5.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    He should have left his friends – and his back catalogue – alone
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  12. 5.0 |   FasterLouder

    What could have been fresh interpretations often sound overblown, staid and as though the musicians are trying too hard
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  13. 5.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    Jackson Browne's "Waterloo Sunset" is a high point, the Amy MacDonald duet a low one
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  14. 5.0 |   BBC

    It’s testament to Davies’ legacy that he emerges from this inessential project with his dignity intact
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  15. 4.0 |   The Independent

    Crown jewels like "You Really Got Me" and "All Day And All Of The Night" could be far better served than they are by Metallica and Billy Corgan respectively
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  16. 4.0 |   Daily Telegraph

    A “collaborative” album of his classic hits, where the guests take ove
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  17. 4.0 |   Q

    Davies's voice, weathered but still fine here, is complimented by few here. Print edition only

  18. 4.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Listening to this will ultimately just depress you, learning that one of rock’s great artists has come to the point where he can’t realize when he’s hosting a karaoke night
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  19. 3.3 |   A.V. Club

    The man, and his songs, deserve better than See My Friends
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  20. 3.0 |   PopMatters

    goes something like this: one track is excellent, seven are overly obedient and/or dull, and the remaining six are shit
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  21. 2.0 |   Mojo

    Print edition only

  22. 2.0 |   No Ripcord

    The occasional highlight isn't enough to make up for the cloth-eared versions of timeless songs found elsewhere on the record
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  • 2. Celluloid Heroes £0.99
  • 3. Days/This Time Tomorrow £0.99
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  • 6. Lola £0.99
  • 7. Waterloo Sunset £0.99
  • 8. Till The End Of Day £0.99
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