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They used to be seen as sex kittens. Now, on Doll Revolution, they look like the cast of Sex and the City. Yet 15 years after the Bangles' last album, Everything, the California power-poppers breeze back in looking and sounding as though they've been gone a mere 15 minutes. Eloquent, assured, and sensual, Doll Revolution is measured yet mesmerizing, considered yet colossal. This is one 80s comeback that really is a good idea.
So is this "doll revolution" some L.A. take on Girl Power? Or a glossy update on Riot Grrrl? Hardly. The Bangles never were ones for manifestos. Melodies are more their game, and these mostly self-penned songs display a beautifully developed sense of songcraft. "Something That You Said" is an exercise in sepia longing, while the sublime West Coast harmonies of "Stealing Rosemary" is a reminder that the quartet originally began life, 20 years prior, as Paisley Underground psychedelics named the Supersonic Bangs.
The gentle ballad "I Will Take Care of You" will have lighters aloft on the comeback tour, yet is also achingly intimate. And the yearning "Single by Choice," glancing back over a life half-done, is both a shoo-in for the soundtrack of the next Bridget Jones movie and also a knowing, experience-heavy poem that they simply couldn't have crafted the first time around. The Bangles have returned older but wiser and there is, as Doll Revolution amply demonstrates, simply no substitute for experience. --Ian Gittins
I have listened to this album many times over the years, and I would have to say it's probably their best effort, IMHO, primarily due to the production. Read morePublished 17 months ago by BHarris
Golly, what more can be said? Great song writing, incredible close harmonies, wonderful solo voices on the individual songs, bringing character to each song's narrative voice. Read morePublished 17 months ago by A. Oltsch
For those of you who are familiar with the music of The Bangles, they have been called the female equivalent of the Beatles. Read morePublished 20 months ago by jdealy999
I learned of the Bangles in 1981 when they first hit the scene. I could listen to the Bangles greatest hits CD all day every day. Read morePublished on June 19, 2013 by Rob
I am so amazed by how good this new album is, and Facebooking to all my friends about it, as I think a lot of people will be really pleasantly surprised... Read morePublished on June 14, 2013 by Jonathan M. Berman
Wonderful. This is what their previous work was leading up to, and Micki Steele's swan song; her absence from the followup is noticeable.Published on April 26, 2013 by IUVENESCO
The CD is full of "nice" Bangles songs - no home runs or commercial hits, but no duds. The Bangles show a greater sophistication in composition than prior efforts in this disc. Read morePublished on March 28, 2013 by Mitzdawg
Doll Revolution is the crowning achievement of a beautiful, classic band. This album showcases the fruition of the talents of ALL FOUR members of The Bangles. Read morePublished on March 23, 2013 by Rocky Raccoon