There is some otherworldly quality to (A) Face In The Crowd, which is quite fitting, as if this is some out-of-body experience. Those rich atmospherics with the piano and the string (synths?) remind me very much of the early eighties fantasy/sci-fi soundtrack music. It's quite unique in the Kinks catalogue and I wish they had explored that style further. The lyrics do remind me of "Flash's Confession" where that character mourns his fame ("no one knew my name"). Maybe Ray had a lingering phobia about losing his fame status and that's why on later projects inclined to give the people what they want, or what the record company expected... As I mentioned earlier, this song along with a couple of others from Soap Opera was always in my street busking set and I bet that not many street musicians go to that song, but I strongly recommend it. Listening to the Kinks version even today I still get strangely emotional at the tragic way of Ray questioning himself whether he's "just an ordinary man". I want to reach out to him and say, no Ray, you're most definitely not!