Doll By Doll

Vinyl Records and Rare LPs:

Doll By Doll - Doll By Doll Doll By Doll
Pop New - LP 5269 MCA
Sealed 1981 Original. "The Self-Titled Album Featured Ten New Cuts, And In Many Ways Presented A New Variation On Their Sound That Revealed A New Sense Of Aesthetic Security. The Mood Here Is Laid-Back, Given One Or Two Tracks, And Focuses On Jackie Leven's Strength As A Writer Of Ballads. The Knotty Adventurousness Of The Previous Two Records — Where Three Or Four Melodic Sources Wove Their Way Into A Single Tune, And Where The Presence Of The Guitar And Drum Attack Stood In Sharp Contrast To The Sweetness And Authority Of Leven's Voice — Had Given Way To A More Consistent Lyric Sensibility, One That Stood Completely Outside The Realms Of Post-Punk And The New Synthetically Driven Pop Of The Era. In Fact, By 1981, Doll By Doll Had Become A Conventional — If Utterly Excellent — Rock Band That Could Play Mean Pop Tunes, But It Was Now Leven's Band Rather Than A Collective Musical Force, And The Lack Of Chaos Took Away A Bit From The Group's Presence. There Are Moments Here, Like The Overdriven Raucous Sexual Post-Funk Of "Caritas" And The Majestic Pathos-Saturated Suicide Death Wish Rock Of "The Perfect Romance," Where The Fiery Passion From The Band's Previous Records Asserts Itself. Mostly, However, This Is The Sound Of A Band Falling Apart, Though Doll By Doll Do So In A Kind Of Beautifully Optimistic And Romantic Way, As On Tracks Like "Soon New Life," Where The Handclapping Roots Rock Sounds Like Dion And Tim Buckley Singing On A Street Corner, And The Springsteen-Esque Shuffle That Becomes "Figure It Out" After A Truly Glorious Intro." - Thom Jurek, All Music Guide... more details
 

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