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Classic Album Review: Various Artists | This is Where I Belong: Songs of Ray Davies & The Kinks

A roster of college-rock favourites cover some lesser-known Kinks cuts & classics.

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This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


Talk about a well-respected man.

This is the second indie-pop tribute album to Ray Davies and The Kinks in less than six months. And like its predecessor, Sub Pop’s Give the People What We Want, This is Where I Belong is a fan-friendly affair, featuring mostly lesser-known Kinks cuts covered by a roster of college-rock favourites who strike a fine balance between reverence and reinvention. Fountains of Wayne gush through Better Things, Jonathan Richman can’t stop grinning during Stop Your Sobbing, Fastball pitch ’Til the End of the Day right down the middle, and Canada’s own Ron Sexsmith delivers a typically bittersweet take on the title track. Perhaps the most memorable cut is also the most unexpected — fuzz-bomb rockers Queens of the Stone Age bashing out Who’ll Be The Next in Line? They really got that one.