The album ends when the star realizes that he is just another face in the crowd. The final track, “You Can’t Stop the Music,” is the realization that personal stardom will eventually fade but his creations will live on, which was a philosophical statement by Davies as he looked forward to, at least in his mind, an uncertain future.
“Everybody’s A Star,” “Ducks on the Wall,” and “You Can’t Stop the Music” are a near return to The Kinks' classic style of rock ‘n’ roll. While the stories seem like a Ray Davies solo project, these tracks find The Kinks in full rock band mode. Elsewhere, "Nine To Five" is a short but brilliant ballad where the gentle melody supports the boredom of the work place lyrics.
Soap Opera is not one of the upper echelon albums in The Kinks discography, nor is it a good introduction to their legacy. It is an album that looks into the creative mind of Ray Davies at a specific point in time. While there is some good music to be found, the album is best approached as a link in The Kinks' chain of music.