13 Songs, 47 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

It's right there in the album title - Even This. The two surviving N.Y. Dolls, singer David Johansen and guitarist SylvainSylvain, know it's been 32 years since the last N.Y. Dolls release and that attributing this collectionto their old namesake is a delicate balancing act. It immediately attracts attention a 'Johansen-Sylvain Band' would not. And it simply cannot live up to the time and place majesty of the two definitive proto-punk albums the full-five lineup delivered in the early 70s. That said, there is nothing to be ashamedof here. No one attempts to mimic Johnny Thunders' deliriously sloppy guitar leads or Jerry Nolan's trainwreck drum patterns. If anything, producer Jack Douglas gives the survivors a tighter, aggressive sound; what it lacks in inspired imprecision, it makes up for in marshaled energy."We're All In Love" starts things with the genuine item, a swinging rock number that Johansen delivers with all the gusto and preening showmanship of his halcyon days. The Dolls always referenced rock's earliest days and there's plenty of playful backing 'ooh-oohs' ("Dance Like A Monkey") and '50s R&B influences to show an enduring love for tradition, while blasting forth with a new chapter of their own.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

It's right there in the album title - Even This. The two surviving N.Y. Dolls, singer David Johansen and guitarist SylvainSylvain, know it's been 32 years since the last N.Y. Dolls release and that attributing this collectionto their old namesake is a delicate balancing act. It immediately attracts attention a 'Johansen-Sylvain Band' would not. And it simply cannot live up to the time and place majesty of the two definitive proto-punk albums the full-five lineup delivered in the early 70s. That said, there is nothing to be ashamedof here. No one attempts to mimic Johnny Thunders' deliriously sloppy guitar leads or Jerry Nolan's trainwreck drum patterns. If anything, producer Jack Douglas gives the survivors a tighter, aggressive sound; what it lacks in inspired imprecision, it makes up for in marshaled energy."We're All In Love" starts things with the genuine item, a swinging rock number that Johansen delivers with all the gusto and preening showmanship of his halcyon days. The Dolls always referenced rock's earliest days and there's plenty of playful backing 'ooh-oohs' ("Dance Like A Monkey") and '50s R&B influences to show an enduring love for tradition, while blasting forth with a new chapter of their own.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

2such2moon ,

smart, hard, and proud

so much better than we probably had any right to expect, this album reminds me of the dolls, but it also adds to their legacy with smart songs that rock and sound fresh and timeless at the same time. it's the difference between style and fashion, and the dolls have always had style.

Mike from Baltimore ,

Excellent

I heard this album after I saw the new Dolls in concert on television, and they were great (though I should say that Sylvain is NOT as funny as he thinks he is). Anyway, all it meant was that I was not as surprised as I might otherwise have been to find that this is really a great record. The band is less sloppy than they were in the day and Steve Conte is more of a classic lead guitarist than Johnny Thunders was, but the spirit is still there and the melodies take you back. Nothing wrong with that given what we suffer with today. By the way, that's Michael Stipe singing with David on "Dancing on the Lip of a Volcano". I didn't realize it until I saw him on the DVD that accompanies the CD. For my money, that's the best song on the record and it brings a tear to my eye watching and listening to two of the most important singers in post-Beatles rock history remind us why the music can be so vital and so moving.

notatthistime ,

Awsome addition to their legacy.

I used to have a Doll's record in my collection as a kid, Circa 1974, for no other reason than to look cool. They were such a dangerous band back in the day. Had you told me then that 32 years later that they would still matter or still be alive, I'd said your nuts! The whole package here was done with care. It may have taken a few extra guys to recreate that old Doll feeling, but it holds up surprisingly well. If you a hardcore fan, this really is a dream. If your new to the Doll's saga, I'd say explore the first two albums(of course), read some, see the movie about the reunion, then I think you'll really appreciate the love that went into this CD.

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