He may be rock royalty, but Ray Davies of the Kinks has always been a friend of a friend of the working class who knows how to parlay his keen observational skills into hummable social commentary. Over the last few years, he’s mingled with commoners stateside, and Working Man’s Cafe is his dire assessment of a global superpower hurtling toward economic collapse, seemingly oblivious to the fact that there’s even worse news on the horizon.
Despite the somewhat pessimistic prognosis, Davies is a sharp enough tunesmith to keep his darkly droll song cycle upbeat and rockin’ throughout. He rhymes off witty couplets about how the exporting of manufacturing jobs is gutting the middle class and an entire way of life was sold off in the name of globalization. Not exactly a party platter, but well worth hearing just the same.