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NEW YORK DOLLS

DANCING BACKWARD IN HIGH HEELS

2011-02-01

David Johansen and the rest of one of the worlds most famous Glam bands are back with their best release since their 1972 self titled release. The songwriting on this disc is shared by Johansen and guitarist and vocalist Sylvain Sylvain. This CD borders between their glam rock sound and pure power pop making this disc very accessible to fans both old and new.{ Gone are the harder edged rock sounds found on previous Dolls releases.} The CD begins with the track "Fool For You Baby" a popular track that could easily be released as a Dolls single. "I'm So Fabulous" is classic Johansen proclaiming his greatness and letting the masses know that he is more Fab then all the hipsters on Broadway. "I Sold My Heart To The Junkman" is a show style tune that sounds like it could have been recorded for the soundtrack to Grease. "Funky But Chic" is exactly that as the Dolls find their funky side. The closing track "End Of The Summer" is another pop style hit with a hint of reggae that has a 1970's fell and is a perfect bookmark to this terrific disc. The New York Dolls have worked with different producers through the years including the great Todd Rundgren, but for this release they went to fellow band member Jason Hill who I think understands their true sound best of all. Reviewed By: Gregg Saur

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