our score: 2.0 out of 5.0
of us who have endured the heated battle of sibling rivalry, we
understand there is no limit to what this competition will make
us do. For Dave Davies, the lesser know brother and former band
mate of Kinks front-man Ray Davies, living in the shadow his brother
cast as a major contributor to the British rock invasion, has
launched Dave on a quest to gain his own artistic credibility.
Davies strongly contributed to the Kinks' songwriting, it was
his brother Ray Davies, stark-raving mad drunken rages and all,
that gained the majority of the artistic recognition for the bands
work. What has resulted is Dave Davies' (confused yet?) multi-decade
solo career with extensive touring in Europe and Asia (no truth
to the rumor he was opening for David Hasselhoff), during which
he has been trying to establish his own fan base beyond the family
name (please note: his anthology album title was Unfinished
attempt is Bug, a diverse collection of tracks that reveals
both the strong influence of his previous life as a 70's rocker,
and a touch of today's thriving British club scene, in an attempt
to reflect the transformation of Dave Davies the artist. While
the album struggles to deliver an innovative, new Dave Davies,
it does manage to produce honest tracks that are laden with the
sincerity and character only a person who has traveled such a
long, winding road can deliver.
As a whole
the lyrics and subjects are light-hearted and swift, the exceptions
being the power ballads "Rock You, Rock Me", and "Flowers
in the Rain", which appear to be the writer's attempt at
retrospection. The majority of the album is reminiscent of his
earlier work, with power guitar riffs and simple beats. However,
the album closes with two house/electronica tracks that suggest
Davies has been spending time with the kids in the UK clubs.
will not find a reinventing of an artist on Bug, the album
does deliver the honesty and soulfullness fans of Dave Davies
have come to enjoy. If you're a long-time Dave Davies fan this
album won't disappoint, but if you're looking for something powerful,
fresh and innovative, you should quickly move along.
Whose Foolin' Who
2. True Phenomenon
5. Life After Life (Transformation)
6. It Ain't Over, 'Till It's Done! ...
7. Lie! ..........
8. Let Me Be
9. Displaced Person
10. Rock You, Rock Me
11. Flowers in the Rain
12. Fortis Green