Muswell Hillbillies (album) by The Kinks

Muswell Hillbillies
Muswell Hillbillies by The Kinks (1971)
Overall rank: 1,337th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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Muswell Hillbillies is ranked 6th best out of 51 albums by The Kinks on

The best album by The Kinks is The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society which is ranked number 163 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 16,733.

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From albumceleste 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 garycottier 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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From migglemo 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:
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From Decurso 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 daftpunter 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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From dlemond 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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From aditya7 06/27/2013 09:47
This album deserves to belong to the holy Kinks canon.
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From RFNAPLES 06/04/2011 18:45
Best track: 20th Century Man
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From RFNAPLES 05/17/2009 02:30
One of the most underrated albums.
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