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So why should you care about Dave Davies? Well, for a start he practically invented heavy rock music. Seriously! That guitar solo in "All Day And Night" by The Kinks back in the Stone Age - that was Dave, inventing distortion as he went. So there you go, that is definitely a reason to care about Dave Davies. Unfortunately, this new studio album is more a reason to run screaming from Dave Davies and confiscate his guitar.

The thing is, I really wanted to like this. Although surpassed vocally by his brother Ray in The Kinks, Dave released a few good songs of his own back in the day, and he sounded fine. There's been a lot of water under the bridge since then, and it has to be said that Dave Davies has a pretty bad voice. Combine this with songs that are average at best and you have an album to avoid. The best track on offer is 'When I First Saw You', a sweet ballad that is bolstered by the vocals of Geri X, whilst Davies turns in his best effort as well. Other tracks skate between out and out rock and psychedelic grooviness through to laid back soul, with lyrics both smart and autobiographical, with opening track 'Little Green Amp' a nod to the amp that Davis first used to distort his guitar sound.

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There are many things to like about what Dave Davies has done in his career, but 'I Will Be Me' is, sadly, not one of them. There's definitely some good songs trying to get out, but the arrangements don't help one bit, whilst other songs, such as 'The Actress' are just plain bad, brought down a level by vocals that remind me of The Cure's Robert Smith at his most funereal. Anyone know what Ray's up to these days...?

Alan Holloway

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