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  • Summary: The Kinks frontman's follow-up to his 2017 Americana features The Jayhawks, as well spoken word, and reworked versions of some of his work with the Kinks and as a solo artist.
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  1. Uncut
    Jun 26, 2018
    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. [Aug 2018, p.22]
  2. Q Magazine
    Jun 26, 2018
    It's a hugely entertaining album. A musical travelogue whose breadth of styles fits the vast nation it eulogises. [Summer 2018, p.107]
  3. 80
    Americana II feels like another chapter exploring a still-living, breathing relationship with an intensely complex land, that makes for a rich and invigorating listening experience, heightened even more by the news that a new Kinks album is on the way, too.
  4. Mojo
    Jun 26, 2018
    There are some hammy moments on Americana Act II, but Davies' status as one of pop's great storytellers endures. [Aug 2018, p.92]
  5. 50
    Ultimately the album is easier to appreciate as an unusual, occasionally successful and diverting artistic project that tries to make sense of Davies’ love and apprehension about America, than it is to enjoy.
  6. Jun 28, 2018
    Three of the 19 songs on Our Country are recycled from Davies's past. ... The remaining 16 tunes range anywhere from not bad to terribly awkward. A great many of them are marred by spoken-word introductions or interludes that only show Ray Davies's age while imparting none of his subtlety.
  7. Jun 29, 2018
    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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