The Kinks - Soap Opera
Classic Rock | FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | 37:41 min | 812 MB | Digital booklet
Label: Legacy Recordings | Tracks: 12 | Rls.date: 1975/2014
If there ever were a testament to Ray Davies' stubbornness and ornery perversity, it's Soap Opera. Released after the draining, two-part, hopelessly muddled rock opera Preservation, Soap Opera is the grandest concept album the Kinks ever made. Davies' tackled a topic that seemed manageable compared to Preservation – how "Ordinary People" escape the doldrums with dreams of stardoms – but conceived the production as a bit of a radio play, with prominent guest vocalists and narration. Improbably, it feels larger, campier, more excessive than Preservation, even if it's considerably more focused and consistent.