This is Where I Belong: The Songs of Ray Davies & the Kinks

On this entertaining tribute, Ray Davies himself covers his own "Waterloo Sunset," while the non-Kinks participants deliver imaginative choices—which, for better or worse, tend to be in sync wi

On this entertaining tribute, Ray Davies himself covers his own "Waterloo Sunset," while the non-Kinks participants deliver imaginative choices—which, for better or worse, tend to be in sync with Davies' own song descriptions in the liner notes. Cracker's "Victoria," Steve Forbert's "Starstruck," and Bill Lloyd & Tommy Womack's "Picture Book" are particularly fine in that their vocals so perfectly suit the Kinks. Other artists, like Josh Rouse on "A Well Respected Man" and Lambchop on "Art Lover," offer quite dissimilar but effective takes. Two performers bring intriguing tie-ins: Davies nearly produced Jonathan Richman, who turns in a minimalist drums and guitar version of "Stop Your Sobbing"; and Bebel Gilberto delivers a Latin flavored "No Return," which Davies says was written with her mother, Miucha, in mind. Thematically, top honors go to bluegrass artist Tim O'Brien's downhome country version of "Muswell Hillbilly."—JB