Phobia (1993) For many years, new Kinks albums have contained numbers that have hardly come up to the band's historically high standards. But there has never been… Kinks Rock
Music Review

Phobia (1993)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Lead Performance: Kinks; Genre: Rock

For many years, new Kinks albums have contained numbers that have hardly come up to the band's historically high standards. But there has never been a Kinks LP that didn't contain at least a couple of things well worth listening to, and Phobia is no exception. Though it has a few comparatively trivial numbers, like the standard mid-tempo tune ''Somebody Stole My Car,'' there are also some great ones: the heartfelt rocker ''Drift Away,'' the lovely ballads ''Still Searching'' and ''The Informer,'' and ''Hatred,'' songwriter Ray Davies' duet with longtime enemy, partner, and, of course, brother, Dave. Twenty-nine years into their career, the Kinks are still the proverb-ial girl with the curl, and when they are good, they are very, very good indeed. B+

Originally posted Apr 16, 1993 Published in issue #166 Apr 16, 1993 Order article reprints