12 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Striving to be more than a cult band, the Bangles ratcheted up the commercial quotient of their sound on 1986’s Different Light. Under producer David Kahne’s guidance, synthesizers filled in the spaces between the guitars and the tracks took on a glossier sheen overall. This strategy had its risks but fortunately the group’s impeccable vocal harmonies never sounded better. Even more important, the songs range from strong to excellent. Radio listeners became Bangles fans thanks to the baroque-tinged “Manic Monday” (written by Prince) and the odd-yet-danceable “Walk Like An Egyptian.” Beyond these hits, there’s a wealth of other folk-rock standouts to be found here, with “September Gurls” and the absolutely luminous “If She Knew What She Wants” worth a special mention. Band originals like the jazz-tinged “Return Post” and the sweetly empathetic “Not Like You” compliment the covers. Different Light boosted the profile of Susanna Hoffs in particular, but the rest of the group deserves equal praise. Amidst the cooled-out techno-pop of its time, Different Light shines brightly as a warm-hearted, unremittingly melodic gem of an album.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Striving to be more than a cult band, the Bangles ratcheted up the commercial quotient of their sound on 1986’s Different Light. Under producer David Kahne’s guidance, synthesizers filled in the spaces between the guitars and the tracks took on a glossier sheen overall. This strategy had its risks but fortunately the group’s impeccable vocal harmonies never sounded better. Even more important, the songs range from strong to excellent. Radio listeners became Bangles fans thanks to the baroque-tinged “Manic Monday” (written by Prince) and the odd-yet-danceable “Walk Like An Egyptian.” Beyond these hits, there’s a wealth of other folk-rock standouts to be found here, with “September Gurls” and the absolutely luminous “If She Knew What She Wants” worth a special mention. Band originals like the jazz-tinged “Return Post” and the sweetly empathetic “Not Like You” compliment the covers. Different Light boosted the profile of Susanna Hoffs in particular, but the rest of the group deserves equal praise. Amidst the cooled-out techno-pop of its time, Different Light shines brightly as a warm-hearted, unremittingly melodic gem of an album.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
42 Ratings
42 Ratings
larry toothbrush ,

The Best Album By An All Girl Group Ever

For me this album is close to perfect. The big hit, Walk Like An Egyptian, is the worst song here. It's a fun, interesting single, but it's my least favorite track.

There are songs like September Gurls, which was not released as a single, that are so much better.
If She Knew What She Wants was a single, and didn't do as well as it should have as it's the best thing on this wonderful album. Every track is a winner. How many albums from the mid 80's can you say that about ?

Jonique ,

Pure enjoyment with big 80s hair

Seductive harmonies, crystal clear guitars and straightforward drum beats; this is just good pop/rock music. These girls were (are) really good musicians and better entertainers. You will like all of these songs and you will love a few of them.

hideej18 ,

Pure fun :)

I was pretty much obsessed with The Bangles in like 2nd-3rd grade. This tape stayed in my walkman (ha) non-stop during my daily bike rides around the neighborhood...in the 80's kids could still do that you know (!!). *Different Light* *If She Knew What She Wants* *Walking Down Your Street* *Angels Don't Fall In Love* Are I think by far the best songs..*Following* is also great, a little sad sounding, but great when you're in one of those moods. I highly recommend this album for anyone who loves 80's music & remembers (or wishes they knew) how cool it was to be a kid in the 80's.

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