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While it would be a stretch to claim that anything on See My Friends is likely to replace the originals in the hearts of long-term Kinks fans, the album as a whole is an interesting exercise in tinkering with true classics to suit a range of disparate voices.
The fact that Davies is hands-on at all times gives the project kudos and worth, evidence of a man less inclined to rest on his laurels than he is to fashion former glories for a 21st century audience.
Special mention must go to The 88 who, while uncredited on several tracks, really earn their spurs when backing Lucinda Williams and Alex Chilton. Davies himself appears to relish the diversity of his guests, while never veering too far from the template that made the songs so special in the first place.
See My Friends is released via Universal Records on 1 November.
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