A Few Brilliant Returns
The fact that the Kinks are still around is either inspiring or appalling, depending on one's point of view. But it's hard to imagine even the most disillusioned Kinks fan - and Kinks fans have many reasons to be disillusioned - not being encouraged by To The Bone. The two-disc set is a live retrospective featuring 26 mostly (though not entirely) acoustic renditions of Kinks classics and obscurities, and possesses a poignancy and generosity of spirit that raises it several notches above the standard unplugged-style fare. While the inexplicable absence of "Waterloo Sunset" is disconcerting, sensitive renditions of relative obscurities like "Picture Book", "Days", "Do You Remember Walter" and "Death of a Clown" are enough to strip a decade and a half's tarnish off the band's reputation, and an update of their early punk anthem "I'm Not Like Everybody Else" carries new resonance that couldn't have been dreamed of in 1964. The two new studio recordings are somewhat slight, but sport an unfussed honesty that suggests that the band's future may be brighter than anyone suspects.
Scott Schinder, Pulse Magazine.