15 Songs, 59 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Doll Revolution is the sound of the Bangles reuniting and taking charge of their sound. Their career ended at the end of the ‘80s, after years of compromise left the band for dead. Outside producers, studio musicians, an emphasis on their lead singer, Susanna Hoffs, all helped the band become hugely successful and lose their musical way. Elvis Costello’s “Tear Off Your Own Head (It’s A Doll Revolution)” starts with a bit of muscle, but it also shows off the band’s most important attribute: its ability to harmonize and share lead vocal duties. Hoffs and the Peterson sisters team up for the ‘60s-influenced “Stealing Rosemary” and “Ride the Ride.” Bassist Michael Steele contributes the psychedelically derived “Nickel Romeo,” the haunted story-song “Song for a Good Son,” and the straight-forward clang of “Between the Two.”  “Something That You Said” proves the group could make a modern noise on their own, without so much outside help. “Ask Me No Questions” is a sweet contemporary ballad. The band has lost its rough edges and that’s a shame, but the sweet power of “Here Right Now” shows they could still handle a great pop song when given one.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Doll Revolution is the sound of the Bangles reuniting and taking charge of their sound. Their career ended at the end of the ‘80s, after years of compromise left the band for dead. Outside producers, studio musicians, an emphasis on their lead singer, Susanna Hoffs, all helped the band become hugely successful and lose their musical way. Elvis Costello’s “Tear Off Your Own Head (It’s A Doll Revolution)” starts with a bit of muscle, but it also shows off the band’s most important attribute: its ability to harmonize and share lead vocal duties. Hoffs and the Peterson sisters team up for the ‘60s-influenced “Stealing Rosemary” and “Ride the Ride.” Bassist Michael Steele contributes the psychedelically derived “Nickel Romeo,” the haunted story-song “Song for a Good Son,” and the straight-forward clang of “Between the Two.”  “Something That You Said” proves the group could make a modern noise on their own, without so much outside help. “Ask Me No Questions” is a sweet contemporary ballad. The band has lost its rough edges and that’s a shame, but the sweet power of “Here Right Now” shows they could still handle a great pop song when given one.

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