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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.

Customer Reviews

A Fantastic Reuinion CD

There are some people (like the main reviewer to the left of this review) who would prefer that The Bangles repeat the same six songs over and over, album after album. The rest of us, however, will welcome "Doll Revolution" as it was intended - a sampling of the Bangles, 21st Century style. The group members have matured nicely with age, resulting in a smoother, more confident, and less frenzied sound. Highlights are the jangly "Song for a Good Son", the smooth "Stealing Rosemary," the poppy "Here Right Now," and Vicki Peterson's redeux of "The Rain Song," first recorded for her Continental Drifters project. All in all, an excellent reunion from the group.

Roots and Rock

So the catch to this album is its their comeback. Its their due comeback at that. You will see many critics and fans of the Bangles split on the review of this album and I am here to tell you the truth in between both. You have to first understand that the Bangles you know is not the product of when you found them then or now. The fact is they evolved from multiple scenes and influences and this is why they are brilliant and underrated but also criticized and heralded between two different circles. They started in the L.A. garage 60's revival scene back in the early 80's and they did that well with their self titled EP which is rare and a classic (note: itunes please find this classic which is very out of print) but they also evolved well into the 80's modern rock scene. There is a bridge between the two versions we know them from their classic harmonies (Beach Boys and Mamas & Papas) and jangley, melodic guitars (Beatles) with a slight garage edge and that is the brilliant album "Different Light". No other band preserved the sound of Big Star while embracing the New Wave tastefully. Now fast forward to Doll Revolution and you will see these elements are all there while taking a stab at the modern production. This is also the album that allows all of the gal's to donate their creativity evenly without the 80's machine telling them which songs sell well. It perfectly captures the Bangles from heavy to soft to in-between. This is an impressive underrated gem and there is something for each generation to get from this album be it 60's-00's. If you don't trust the whole album then scroll through and buy 1/4 that appeals to you cause I guarantee there is something for everyone on this album weather you are chasing folk, rock, harmonies, hooks or just plain good musicians with chemistry.


I love the Bangles!! Those women ruled during my childhood and now. No one can deny respect for their new, grown-up sound.


Formed: 1981 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The Bangles combined the chiming riffs and catchy melodies of British Invasion guitar pop with a hint of the energy of new wave. In the process, they became one of the handful of all-female bands of the '80s to win both critical and commercial success. The critical success came first — with their self-titled debut EP and full-length album, All Over the Place — and popular success arrived once they polished their sound, added some synthesizers, and deviated slightly from their...
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