Okay, so this is a spontaneous outburst of joy from my side because I finally got round to critically listening to The Kinks' oft-overlooked 1965 effort "The Kink Kontroversy" and all I can say is: Wow! What a fantastic album this is. It's a great fusion of Stones and Beatles influences, but the LP also captures Ray Davies' (then) growing confidence and skill as a songwriter. This is notably evident on the rather thoughtful "The World Keeps Going Round", a ditty that strays far from other hits of the same year like "Satisfaction" (not meaning to degrade any of the mentioned bands, they all were/are fantastic musicians) and that comes to the conclusion that all those worries about heartbreak - among other things - might not be all that relevant at all. A bit clunky still, but nonetheless quite unusual for a band in the mid-60s that already was some kind of famous. In my opinion at least. I can even hear some traces of what would become the sound of CCR on "Where Have All The Good Times Gone", a cut which is also reminiscent of Bob Dylan's style of singing. Along with "The World Keeps Going Round", "Gotta Get the First Plane Home" and "I'm On An Island", this is my favorite on the album. But as a matter of fact, all the tracks are excellent. So what do y'all think of this particular album?