Over in the LA Weekly, Reason's Jesse Walker spins Other People's Lives, the new solo disc by the Kinks' Ray Davies and pronounces it "his best album in at least 22 years" (and considering Davies is 62 years old, that's saying more than it sounds like!). Jesse also underscores a longstanding tension in Davies' work:
I've never been sure how the same fellow could spend a noisy concert quaffing beers onstage and then compose a little ballad in the morning about the coarsening of the culture. You can curse modernity all you want, but what's more modern than a rock star?
Whole review here.