13 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

This second album from the two surviving members of the New York Dolls — singer David Johansen, guitarist Syl Sylvain — and three able-bodied rockers was produced by Todd Rundgren, whose main job seems to be to encourage the band to explore as many stylistic turns as possible. The title cut kicks with the fury of the Dolls of old, but elsewhere Johansen finds himself south of the border for “Temptation to Exist,” in the Caribbean for the reggae take on the old classic “Trash,” and somewhere deep in the south for the blues-rock of “This Is Ridiculous.” At this late date, it’s hard to imagine anyone expecting a revival of the band’s ‘70s glory days. But one does get plenty of the glorious in-your-face attitude from Johansen that made him one of rock’s most impressive lead singers thirty-something years ago. Time has not mellowed him, but rather given him a sense of lone purpose as one who still believes in the music’s sassy powers.

EDITORS’ NOTES

This second album from the two surviving members of the New York Dolls — singer David Johansen, guitarist Syl Sylvain — and three able-bodied rockers was produced by Todd Rundgren, whose main job seems to be to encourage the band to explore as many stylistic turns as possible. The title cut kicks with the fury of the Dolls of old, but elsewhere Johansen finds himself south of the border for “Temptation to Exist,” in the Caribbean for the reggae take on the old classic “Trash,” and somewhere deep in the south for the blues-rock of “This Is Ridiculous.” At this late date, it’s hard to imagine anyone expecting a revival of the band’s ‘70s glory days. But one does get plenty of the glorious in-your-face attitude from Johansen that made him one of rock’s most impressive lead singers thirty-something years ago. Time has not mellowed him, but rather given him a sense of lone purpose as one who still believes in the music’s sassy powers.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

Inknstein ,

NY Dolls are Back

I was excited to see that the New York Dolls had a NEW cd come. Feels like they picked up were they left off from. If you are a Dolls fan you will appreciate this cd. Good to have them back.

ackeister ,

NY's finest.

R.I.P. Killer Kane. Beautiful new album from the Dolls

xpx ,

Great Songs!

This is an album of great songs - I got it cause I wanted to hear Todd Rundgren's production of them (plus I'm a Dolls fan) but I was most blown away by the song writing. If you love really great rock and roll the way it was meant to be, this is an album for you!

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