One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This

One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This

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by New York Dolls
     
 

It's never easy to recapture the success of a legendary band, but trying to recreate a supernova -- like the explosive but short-lived New York Dolls -- is all but impossible. This disc, for which original members David Johansen and Sylvain Sylvain have surrounded themselves with like-minded musiciansSee more details below

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It's never easy to recapture the success of a legendary band, but trying to recreate a supernova -- like the explosive but short-lived New York Dolls -- is all but impossible. This disc, for which original members David Johansen and Sylvain Sylvain have surrounded themselves with like-minded musicians weaned on the Dolls' two brilliant albums, does a remarkable job of doing just that -- not so much turning back the clock as picking up the pieces that made the original band so vital and reassembling them in a fashion that's both respectful and modern. Many of the songs here -- from the sassy, self-referential "Fishnets and Cigarettes" to the trashy R&B workout "Gimme Luv and Turn On the Lights" -- could easily have appeared on a follow-up released hot on the heels of Too Much Too Soon. The cocksure glam-punk attitude -- a switchblade in one hand and a tube of mascara in the other -- is still evident on struts like "Runnin' Around" and "Gotta Get Away from Tommy." Then again, Johansen and Sylvain aren't operating under the impression that they've frozen time sufficiently to remain in their 20s -- as borne out by the fact that they cribbed the title from Virgil's Aeneid, a work that, for whatever reason, hasn't been embraced by all that many garage-rockers over the years. That evolution is also reflected in the poignant but not sappy nature of ballads like "Maimed Happiness," one of several low-key tracks that showcase the warmth and depth of Johansen's baritone. Sometimes, you really can go home again.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
The prospect of a new studio album from the New York Dolls in the year 2006 is a strange and puzzling thing, especially without the presence of Johnny Thunders, Arthur Kane, and Jerry Nolan, all of whom are currently gigging on another astral plane. But after the Dolls made an unexpected and surprisingly convincing return to the concert stage in 2004, David Johansen, Sylvain Sylvain, and their newly appointed partners started writing new material and took the risky step of taking the new band into the studio a mere 32 years after Too Much Too Soon. One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This has two major hurdles to clear for anyone who cared about the Dolls: they have to create something akin to the sloppy majesty of their two iconic studio albums without the help of ace guitar mauler Thunders, and they have to write songs with the same gritty blare and strutting attitude that came as second nature when they were twenty-somethings. Musically, this version of the Dolls is much more precise than they ever were back in the day, but the opening track, "We're All in Love," captures a fair share of the rattly subway train rhythm that was the Dolls aural trademark, and most of these tunes don't aim for the same degree of rock action as the group's most famous tunes, there's still an admirable crash-and-bash energy on "Gimme Luv and Turn on the Light" and "Dance Like a Monkey," and there are clear gestures towards the Dolls' other sonic touchstones: vintage girl group sounds ("Rainbow Store"), old-school R&B ("Take a Good Look at My Good Looks"), the blues ("I Ain't Got Nothin'"). Just as importantly, David Johansen hasn't sung rock & roll with this kind of strength, authority, and guts in years, and guitarists Sylvain and Steve Conte crank out the fire without too much audible worry about the weight of the past. (It also helps that the rhythm section is right on the money and Jack Douglas delivers the muscular but unobtrusive production this band always needed and never got.) As for the songs, with their frequent philosophical musings and multisyllabic constructions, this is heady stuff coming from what was once was a band of decadent street punk fashion mavens, but let's face it, one of the reasons Johansen and Sylvain survived and their bandmates didn't is they had a vision of the future that went further than the next party and the next fix, and the best songs on this album look at where these guys have been and where they're going with a mixture of intelligence, perception, and street smarts. And if you're just looking for dumb fun, "Dance Like a Monkey" delivers. On One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This, the New York Dollsare a far cry from the band that recorded "Personality Crisis" in 1972, but the album offers a reasonable approximation of the Dolls as smart, battle-hardened survivors who've got something to say and have a few laughs while saying it. If it's not quite a triumph, it's challenging and ambitious stuff that rocks on out and doesn't tarnish the memory of what Johansen and Sylvain accomplished so many years ago.
Rolling Stone - David Fricke
[Johansen], Sylvain and their new Dolls have honed the legendary mania of the early records into a tightened combustion.
Entertainment Weekly - Tom Sinclair
[Grade: B+] Johansen, Syl, and the new Dollettes don't try to replicate the old sound but opt for the rowdy professionalism of Johansen's '70s/'80s solo efforts.
Billboard - Wayne Robins
This first new Dolls album in 32 years is not just a legitimate entry in their catalog, it's a great one.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/25/2006
Label:
Roadrunner Records
UPC:
0016861804527
catalogNumber:
618045
Rank:
114433

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. We're All in Love  -  New York Dolls
  2. Runnin' Around  -  New York Dolls
  3. Plenty of Music  -  New York Dolls
  4. Dance Like a Monkey  -  New York Dolls
  5. Punishing World  - Tom Gabel
  6. Maimed Happiness  -  New York Dolls
  7. Fishnets & Cigarettes  -  New York Dolls
  8. Gotta Get Away from Tommy  -  New York Dolls
  9. Dancing on the Lip of a Volcano  - Michael Stipe
  10. I Ain't Got Nothin'  -  New York Dolls
  11. Rainbow Store  -  New York Dolls
  12. Gimme Luv & Turn on the Light  - Iggy Pop
  13. Take a Good Look at My Good Looks  -  New York Dolls

Disc 2

  1. Seventeen /Making of the Album  -  New York Dolls

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

New York Dolls   Primary Artist
David Johansen   Group Member
Bo Diddley   Guitar
Brian Delaney   Group Member
Brian Koonin   Group Member
Andy Snitzer   Tenor Saxophone
Steve Conte   Group Member

Technical Credits

David Johansen   Composer
Greg Calbi   Mastering
Jack Douglas   Producer,Audio Production
Brian Koonin   Composer
Jay Messina   Engineer
Sam Yaffa   Composer
Steve Conte   Composer
Jeff Chenault   Art Direction
Daniel J. Coe   String Arrangements
Leah Victoria Hennessey   Illustrations
Sylvain Sylvain   Composer
Jay Massina   Audio Production

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