Four decades after his Kinks helped spearhead the British Invasion, Ray Davies has finally launched a solo career. And it was worth the wait. Familiar and startling at once, Other Peoples Lives finds his wry, wistful voicea major influence on Morrissey and every other introspective rock croonerin peak form, while the witty compositions crackle with a young mans passion. Plumbing themes of change, aging, and triumphant renewal, Davies rebuffs his demons on the brooding After the Fall, sighing, The sun will shine again, then stares down mortality in the snappy, soul-influenced Run Away From Time. Fans of his quaint melodies and sympathetic portraits of everyday people may prefer the lovely Next Door Neighbour, but whatever the style, theres not a false track in the bunch. Watch out for this exciting newcomer, because hes off to a terrific start.