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3.0 out of 5 stars Bangles hit the BIG TIME, November 24, 1999
This review is from: Different Light (Audio CD)
This was the album that put the Bangles firmly into the American consciousness. Hits like Prince's "Manic Monday", "Walk Like an Egyptian", "Walking Down Your Street" and the fanstastic harmonies of "If She Knew What She Wants" made this group a household name. Unfortunately, this album also seems a little over-produced, slick and commercial. For better tunes, check out their first full-length release, "All Over the Place", for more rock try their last, "Everything." This disc recalls the carefree 80's, though, better than anything else I can remember. For the best 4-part harmonies ever put on cd (or vinyl), check out "Let It Go", the only song written by all 4 members. Best songs other than the hits: "Return Post" co-written and sung by Vicki Peterson (the best songwriter in the group), "Following" Michael Steele's first lead vocals for the band, "Angels Don't Fall in Love" another Vicki Peterson song, Michael's wonderful cover of "September Gurls", and Debbi Peterson's "Not Like You". Everyone says that the last album they did was such a departure for them. If you listen to all three albums in order of release, it seems like this album was the departure.
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Initial post: Apr 14, 2008, 10:23:34 PM PDT
S. Mayer says:
I wouldn't call the cover of "September Gurls" wonderful...more like outright theft. Compare the guitar solos between the Bangles "version" and Big Star's original if you don't know what I mean.

In reply to an earlier post on May 31, 2013, 10:34:35 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 31, 2013, 10:35:30 AM PDT
I did just what you suggested. Theft? Vicky Peterson's solo is MUCH better - a shimmery, slicker version. That plus the vocals and harmonies make the Bangles' version insurpassable.
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