Working Man's Cafe If, say, "Waterloo Sunset" contained silly lines like "Corporations get the tax breaks/While the city gets the crime," would Ray Davies still be considered one… Working Man's Cafe If, say, "Waterloo Sunset" contained silly lines like "Corporations get the tax breaks/While the city gets the crime," would Ray Davies still be considered one… 2008-02-19 Ray Davies Rock
Music Review

Working Man's Cafe (2008)

RAY DAVIES Despite a few lyrical kinks, Working Man's Cafe serves up its share of fresh-sounding melodies
RAY DAVIES Despite a few lyrical kinks, Working Man's Cafe serves up its share of fresh-sounding melodies
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Feb 19, 2008; Lead Performance: Ray Davies; Genre: Rock

If, say, ''Waterloo Sunset'' contained silly lines like ''Corporations get the tax breaks/While the city gets the crime,'' would Ray Davies still be considered one of his generation's best songwriters? Based on this latest release, Working Man's Cafe, the answer might just be ''yes.'' The above mouthful from ''One More Time'' and other clunky social commentary can't mask a cache of Kinks-worthy melodies, including the aforementioned track, the gorgeous ''The Real World,'' and ''You're Asking Me,'' which could almost be a lost tune from the late '60s. B+
DOWNLOAD THIS: ''You're Asking Me''

Originally posted Feb 15, 2008 Published in issue #979 Feb 22, 2008 Order article reprints
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