Stegzy's Music Project

A commentary on Stegzy's album collection

Album #88 – Arthur (Or The Decline and Fall of the British Empire) – The Kinks

on July 29, 2014

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

Ray Davies. What a guy. One of the few people in music that can actually craft an album that has a flavour and sentiment of Britishness. If music is the world, The Kinks are the British Empire in all respects, with the Beatles being notaries in the background.

Arthur  is a concept album originally created as a soundtrack for a television programme that was never made. But who needs visualisations, apart from the youth of today? When the mind is the most creative and cheap television screen available! If it’s gritty quirk British drama you want, chuck this album on your media player of choice, whack on your ridiculous Beats by Dr Dre, close your eyes and, by listening the the lyrics, begin a imaginary feast of Britishness. It’s not until Return to Waterloo that you get anywhere close to anything like this.

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