Tuesday, February 28

Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire) - The Kinks (1969)


"Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire) extends the British-oriented themes of Village Green Preservation Society, telling the story of a London man's decision to move to Australia during the aftermath of World War II. It's a detailed and loving song cycle, capturing the minutiae of suburban life, the numbing effect of bureaucracy, and the horrors of war. On paper, Arthur sounds like a pretentious mess, but Ray Davies' lyrics and insights have rarely been so graceful or deftly executed, and the music is remarkable. An edgier and harder-rocking affair than Village Green, Arthur is as multi-layered musically as it is lyrically. ... The music makes the words cut deeper, and the songs never stray too far from the album's subject, making Arthur one of the most effective concept albums in rock history, as well as one of the best and most influential British pop records of its era."
allmusic
W - Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire)
Classic Rock Review
amazon
YouTube: Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire) (Full Album)

2012 February: The Kinks, 2013 July: "Sunny Afternoon", 2015 August: Village Green Preservation Society (1968), 2015 December: "Waterloo Sunset" (1967), 2016 June: "Dead End Street" / "Big Black Smoke" (1966)

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