Thanksgiving Day EP
Four songs plus one alternate mix are a teaser for Davies’ first full post-Kinks album in February. The Yanks’ Thanksgiving is a feast of ideas for Davies, always a lover of traditions and shrewd portrayer of inner lives. On the title cut, the longings of a widower and spinster lead to a houseful of children and a long bus ride. The way he describes them, visuals would be superfluous. “Yours Truly Confused N10” sets a pensioner’s rant about society and crime to a big band beat. The closest thing to roc’n’ roll, “London Song,” lists neighbourhoods and famous residents, recalling the deadly Kray twins with particular relish. The EP displays veteran ease with arranging to suit the story and spleen reminiscent of Muswell Hillbillies, more than half his life ago.