by Yonah Paley
If you thought the first half of the Kinks’ career was underappreciated, try listening to the second half. It starts off strong with a series of concept albums, most notably the incredible Preservation (acts one and two), and then moves toward arena rock, power pop, and ultimately, hard rock. While most artists peter out after hitting a peak (and indeed, the band does see a decline in quality toward their latter days), the Kinks manage to have at least one or two (sometimes more) truly great songs per album. For a band that lasted approximately three decades, that is a huge accomplishment.
One of the greatest things about the Kinks is how their discography keeps giving and giving. Every time you think you’ve heard it all, you discover a new favorite. Some of them are from albums (“Better Things,” “Living on a Thin Line”), while others are from little known EPs (“Look Through Any Doorway”). While this article is only focused on studio albums, there is a treasure trove of back catalog tunes waiting to be discovered. So much so, in fact, that it deserves its own article. Maybe some day, fellow Kinks-philes. For now, though, we take a look at a wonderful era in music: 1973-1993!
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