Face to Facewas a remarkable record, but its follow-up,Something Else, expands its accomplishments, offering 13 classic British pop songs. As雷Davies' songwriting becomes more refined, he becomes more nostalgic and sentimental, retreating from the psychedelic and mod posturings that had dominated the rock world. Indeed,Something Elsesounds like nothing else from 1967.The Kinksnever rock very hard on the album, preferring acoustic ballads, music hall numbers, and tempered R&B to full-out guitar attacks. Part of the album's power lies in its calm music, since it provides an elegant support forDavies' character portraits and vignettes. From the martial stomp of "David Watts" to the lovely, shimmering "Waterloo Sunset," there's not a weak song on the record, and several -- such as the allegorical "Two Sisters," theNoël Coward-esque"End of the Season," the rolling "Lazy Old Sun," and the wry "Situation Vacant" -- are stunners. And just as impressive is the emergence ofDave Daviesas a songwriter. HisDylanesque"Death of a Clown" and bluesy rocker "Love Me Till the Sun Shines" hold their own against雷's masterpieces, and help makeSomething Elsethe endlessly fascinating album that it is.
AllMusic Review byStephen Thomas Erlewine