Muswell Hillbillies features Ray Davies at his whipcracking best, rolling out lyrics like "The milkman's a spy and the grocer keeps on following me/ And the woman next door's an undercover for the KGB." It's a pretty simple sound, and one that's more folk and country based than any album they'd ever done. A wonderful brass band turns up on two of the album's best tracks "Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues" and "Alcohol" (oh, there's a good combination). "Here Comes the People In Gray" is a bluesy stomp about a man whose house is being torn down by the city. "Oklahoma USA" is a pretty ballad about living in a fantasy world "with Shirley Jones and Gordon McRae." But other than the insidiously catchy chorus of "Have A Cuppa Tea" (you may be driven to murder if you listen to it too long), I can't find much to complain about with these Hillbillies.
01 20th century man 5:59 02 Acute schizophrenia paranoia blues 3:33 03 Holiday 2:40 04 Skin and bone 3:40 05 Alcohol 3:36 06 Complicated life 4:03 07 Here come the people in grey 3:47 08 Have a cuppa tea 3:46 09 Holloway jail 3:29 10 Oklahoma u.s.a. 2:39 11 Uncle son 2:35