Arthur (Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire) (studio album) by The Kinks

Arthur (Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire) by The Kinks
Year: 1969
Overall rank: 365th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
83/100 (from 637 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 1969 (14th)
Award Top 50 albums of the 1960s (48th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (365th)
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Arthur (Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire) is ranked 2nd best out of 55 albums by The Kinks on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by The Kinks is The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society which is ranked number 160 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 10,980.

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83/100 (from 637 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 82.7/100, a mean average of 82.2/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 82.8/100. The standard deviation for this album is 12.5.

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85/100
From 05/06/2022 15:58
This album grew on me a lot, it's extremely british, but I love it about it. My favorite tracks are Victoria, Mr. Churchill Says, Shangri-La, Young And Innocent Days and the most heartbreaking Some Mother's Son.
Altough I think that Yes Sir, No Sir and Nothing To Say are skips, album still stands strong.
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From 04/14/2022 15:47
I regard "Shangri-La" as one of the greatest songs of 1969.
It's up there alongside Space Oddity, Gimme Shelter, Something, Whole Lotta Love, The Court of the Crimson King.
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90/100
From 12/20/2021 15:10
Not better than Village Green, Arthur is still an amazing album. The only aspect I don't like about it is the tendency of some songs to interrupt halfway through just to turn into something melodically and rhythmically different (Yes Sir No Sir, Australia, Mr Churchill Says, Princess Marina...). Feels a bit too inconsistent as a whole because of this but there are a lot of brilliant ideas that deserve recognition.
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70/100
From 11/15/2021 19:46
If this site has taught me anything, it's that I need to spend more time with the Kinks.
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From 07/01/2021 23:07
i think this is my favourite kinks album , excellent songs
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From 03/31/2021 01:58
To fix what Vsaville said:

Victoria and other all-time classics like Shangri-La, Brainwashed, Australia, Yes Sir No Sir, Young and Innocent Days, and more. One of the Kinks' best.
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From 03/18/2021 15:52
victoria and nothing
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From 01/20/2021 19:22
Ray Davies's songwriting rivals that of the Beatles. Especially on cuts like Shangri-La, Victoria, Australia, and Mr. Churchill Says.
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From 01/03/2021 15:53
My favourite Kinks album. Shangri-la, Yes Sir No Sir, Austrialia all great songs. Love the fact Shangri-la was banned for being condescending!
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65/100
From 10/13/2020 03:41
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Best tracks: Victoria, Australia
Worst tracks: Yes Sir No Sir, Mr Churchill Says, She Bought a Hat Like Princess Marina
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Best Albums of 1969
1. Abbey Road by The Beatles
2. In The Court Of The Crimson King by King Crimson
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