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Album Review: One Day It Will Please Us To Remember Even This by New York Dolls
Very Good, Based on 2 Critics
AllMusic - 80 Based on rating 8/10
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.
"Evolution is so obsolete," growls David Johansen on Dance Like a Monkey - words from a man who obviously takes his lyrics to heart. Having reformed two years ago at the behest of Morrissey, the lacquered (not to mention liquored) proto-punkers had gone 30 years since their last album release. Rather more seriously, they had also seen the deaths of four band members.