The New York Dolls return to the studio after a 30 year hiatus.
May 22, 2009
One Day it Will Please Us to Remember Even This is The New York Dolls first studio album in over thirty years and they haven't lost a step. This incarnation of the Dolls was formed around 2004 when Morrisey (a huge fan of the dolls) reunited the three surviving members (Syl Sylvain, David Johansen, Arthur Kane) for a concert in London. Shortly after the concert Kane died from leukemia. Plans for a reunion tour and studio album were shelved until 2006 when Sylvain and Johansen recorded and toured with the new line-up of the Dolls.
The album is one of the best I have ever heard. David Jo's voice has deepen and sound a bit gravely but he sings with heavy emotion and a lot of enthusiasm. Syl Sylvain plays rhythm guitar and provides backing vocals on the tracks. The stand out are Take a Good Look At My Good Looks, Seventeen (dreamy guitar riffs from Bo Diddly) and Maimed Happiness, Iggy Pop and Michael Stipe provide backing vocals on a couple of tracks as well. The new members fit in very well and they do their best to establish themselves instead of trying to imitate those that they have replaced. I highly recommend this album even if you have never heard of The New York Dolls before. The warm melodies and heavy lyrics will make you into a fan.
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