Muswell Hillbillies (studio album) by The Kinks

Muswell Hillbillies by The Kinks
Year: 1971
Overall rank: 1,744th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
78/100 (from 263 votes)
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Award Top albums of 1971 (44th)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (344th)
Award Best albums of all time (1,744th)
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Muswell Hillbillies is ranked 6th best out of 60 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 159 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 10,494.

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78/100 (from 263 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 2% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 78.4/100, a mean average of 78.3/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 78.6/100. The standard deviation for this album is 13.1.

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70/100
From 01/12/2023 12:33
Sorry guys, Kinks is not for me,
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65/100
From 06/17/2022 10:42
I just don't think this style of music fits the Kinks for me. The music feels a bit nullified and like there isn't much passion driving it through to us. Furthermore, it can be quite simplistic at times and I wouldn't really say it is an extremely experimental album. To me the Kinks do Americana doesn't really work and the only time the album is quite effective is where they integrate a bit more rock into the sound. They also integrate a bit of the classic Kinks sound and that makes songs like Have A Cuppa Tea stand out as one of the strongest. Instrumentally, the guitars are good in places but on the whole there isn't loads of standout performances from most of the ensemble. Overall, I was quite let down by this album but I have only listened to it a few times so maybe on a later relisten I might change my opinion.
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65/100
From 06/07/2022 07:57
Not good. Just average. the two first tracks are my favs
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From 09/17/2016 17:25
Good album of "americana" with superb sound and band performance.
Not a desert island one but it's nice and friendly to the ears.
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From 06/24/2016 16:59
The Kinks go all Americana on us. Maxwell hillbillies, is a good record, but like The Stones around the same time, The Kinks have shred their British influences and are now more focused on country and blues. Some good songs, but nothing as special as their classic songs. Still, enjoyable enough.
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95/100
From 10/04/2015 21:59
I generall agree with y'all commenters, except daftpunter's assertion that Sgt. Pepper is "tripe". That just seems excessively revisionist. Sgt. Pepper is a remarkable work of art, though it's hard to listen to it with "fresh ears." But yeah this is one of the most underrated albums I've ever encountered. I used to think Village Green was their best, but now comparing these two, Muswell Hillbillies seems much better to me. Village Green is sort of uneven, unfocused compared to this, which is understandable given Ray's difficulty putting it together. Muswell just feels like each (excellent) song leads so naturally into the next. This album is packed with Ray's freshest, most irresistable melodies. And of course the lyrical content, never a weak spot for him, is better than ever. This is a much darker record than Village Green, not so much idyllic escape as pessimistic realism. People in grey are taking away paranoid schizophrenics (who isn't crazy in a world like this?), but Ray wishes he could just have a cuppa tea in somewhere like Oklahoma, USA. Of course, even "Have a Cuppa Tea" lampoons British culture. At least this review gets it:
http://drownedinsound.com/releases/17882/reviews/4146960
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From 07/04/2014 02:43
I can't figure out why this album was not a bigger success. Absolutely brilliant songs, with a nice bluegrass feel to it. Have a Cup of Tea, Acute Paranoia, Skin and Bones and Muswell Hillbillies are all as good as anything The Kinks ever did.
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From 06/10/2014 02:01
Ray is at the top of his game here. Much like Arthur the album holds a number of buried gems since the Kinks still weren't touring the states at this time. The last of the great Klassik Kinks era, but easily one of their top with the already mentioned Arthur, Face to Face and Something Else. What's truly amazing is that while tripe like Sgt Peppers gets classic, almost mythic, status a much stronger album goes almost unnoticed. Three 100 star ratings out of 92 (as of this writing)? Criminal. God save the Kinks!
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90/100
From 01/23/2014 21:30
One of the Kinks best. Within their top 5 albums. Oklahoma, USA is such a terrific song.
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80/100
From 06/27/2013 09:47
This album deserves to belong to the holy Kinks canon.
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