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It was 30 years ago that guitarists Susanna Hoffs and Vicki Peterson and drummer Debbi Peterson formed the Bangles in a Brentwood, California, garage. They did so based on two crucial elements: their common love for rock’s golden age (“Growing up loving the same music has always been the glue for the Bangles,” says Susanna), and the crystalline sound they quite naturally ... Read more in Amazon's The Bangles Store

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  • Audio CD (17 Mar. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00008A8KV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,563 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Tear Off Your Own Head (It's A Doll Revolution)
2. Stealing Rosemary
3. Something That You Said
4. Ask Me No Questions
5. The Rain Song
6. Nickel Romeo
7. Ride The Ride
8. I Will Take Care Of You
9. Here Right Now
10. Single By Choice
11. Lost At Sea
12. Song For A Good Son
13. Mixed Messages
14. Between The Two
15. Grateful

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They used to be seen as sex kittens, now on Doll Revolution, they look like the cast of Sex in 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 mesmerising, considered yet colossal. This is one 80s comeback that really is a good idea.

So is this "doll revolution" some LA 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

BBC Review

Showing up fashionably late to board the good ship Revival, The Bangles (Susanna Hoffs, Michael Steele and sisters Debbi and Vikki Peterson), return with their fourth album Doll Revolution. Aided by the starched hair sisterhood of punk-lite amigos The Go-Go's, these two bands, more than any others, span the often unspeakably wide divide between the likes of The Shangri-Las and (splutter), more contemporary lady line-ups such as Atomic Kitten.

Spilling forth from the LA West Coast vibe in 1981, a veritable jungle of pearl guitars and pewter jewellery, debut album All Over The Place introduced a defining sensibility for luxuriant harmonies together with a perceptible nod to the Merseybeat sound.

It wasn't until second album 'Different Light', shaped by the-artist-once-more-known-as-Prince, that chart hits ''Manic Monday'' and ''Walk Like An Egyptian'' all but eclipsed a rich diversity of influence for anaesthetised if affable pop. In the resulting media scramble to deify lead vocalist Hoffs at the expense of the other members, a protracted she-scrap led to the collapse of the group. With the exception of Steele, the rest would pursue various solo projects with muted degrees of success. But not before parting hit ''Eternal Flame'' exploded at the top of the charts in a shower of (bought-in) orchestral strings.

So what we knew as the rise of The Bangles was actually a steady disintegration from their original remit. Having patched up past-wrongs and exhausted raw ambitions (most noticeably Hoffs made a run for screen stardom, stumbled, and fell), 'Doll Revolution' is a fascinating autopsy of parts. The title track itself is a cover of an Elvis Costello track (perfectly suited to the band's disposable/credible schism), while individual members have contributed songs intended for spin-off performance; here 'Banglecized' to form a cohesive whole.

Current single ''Something That You Said'' eases cautious fans into a sense of security, belonging as it does to an MTV world in which muslin curtains billow to the sound of the power-ballad Top 20. Yet it's the less obvious hits that reward on repeat inspection. ''Stealing Rosemary'' could well have fallen from the mouths of The Mamas & Papas, while "Ride the Ride" is a Beatles hit that never was - replete with involuntary bowl cut shimmy-shake. For those of us who wish life could always coast upon the giddy high of the closing credits following some 80s brat pack flick, ''Lost at Sea'' - a collaboration between Susannah and Debbie - includes all the mellow tambourine loveliness you should require... and then some.

Importantly, Hoffs now stands shoulder to shoulder with her colleagues, no more and no less, sharing vocal duties and issuing a parting solo with ''Grateful'': an apparent homage to all things Bangles, and humble to a point. Drinking at the same hippie well that nourished The Byrds, Liz Phair and yes, even the The Dixie Chicks, The Bangles step back in time to glue the broken shards back together. So effective have they been, you can hardly see the cracks. --Bren O'Callaghan

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Thoughtform on 11 April 2003
Format: Audio CD
They're back! - And this time its personal. Despite being ladies 'of a certain age', this is a long overdue and welcome return to the gritty pop/rock of their debut LP, before the rough edges were knocked off and the spectre of 'Eternal Flame' had all but destroyed them. Musically, this is what they do best; a sort of updated 60s psychedelia with steely guitars overlaid with tour de force vocal arrangements (who else do you know that boast four genuine lead vocalists?). Most of all, this CD reaffirms the fact that they are a proper band, where each member has a crucial contribution to make. This is evidenced in the collective writing, arrangement and execution of each song where there is an obvious synergy between them that was missing on 'Everything'.
'Doll Revolution' belies the 15 years since their last effort in all but lyrical content, which now has the hardened edge of experience stamped on it. It's great to see Vicki Peterson back on form as the band's major songwriter, her 'Single by Choice' being one of her most personal songs to date. The weight of life experience has expanded the band's musical palette and extended their range from the wistful 'I will take care of you' to the storming 'Between the two' via Michael Steele's intriguing 'Song for a good son'.
For those looking for the simple pop of 'Eternal Flame' I suggest one of the many Best of compilations, but for those who love the Bangles or just love well-crafted pop with an edge, this is a fascinating CD and a great achievement.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "stu5" on 29 Mar. 2003
Format: Audio CD
An excellent revival for the bangles. They've made their twenty first century comeback with a different sound to what we're used to hearing from them.
This album is mostly rock based, and many of the tracks are an excellent blend of the acoustic & electric guitar with the mandolin and even some piano backing. Even if your not a Bangles fan, this is a wonderful collection of songs about what it's like to be young, old, single or in love.
Enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. C. Mattock on 18 Mar. 2003
Format: Audio CD
More than fourteen years after the release of their last album, The Bangles return with a classy collection of fifteen songs, which show that they have not lost the ear for a good tune, or indeed a good harmony, with the passing of time.
Highlights of the set are the tracks featuring Susanna Hoffs on vocals, her voice still containing that mixture of warmth and vulnerability that helped make pop tunes like "Manic Monday" and ballads like "Eternal Flame" so successful. I am really surprised that the first single from the album, "Something That You Said" was not more successful commercially, but, perhaps, the heartfelt "I Will Take Care Of You" would be a worthy follow-up, maybe even returning them to the Top Ten. At the very least, it might draw more people's attention to an album which certainly bears repeated playing.
At times, with Hoffs away from the mike, the sound strays just a little close to 90s Fleetwood Mac for comfort, but, of fifteen tracks I would only consider two - "The Rain Song" and "Between Two", to be filler. Other highlights include the imaginatively-produced "Stealing Rosemary", the crisp "Mixed Messages" and the cleverly-structured closer, "Grateful".
So many comebacks are ill-advised. This album will undoubtedly prove to be a welcome surprise to those keen, like me, to re-investigate this sound from part of their teenage years.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pongmaster on 21 Mar. 2003
Format: Audio CD
It's been 10 long years since the Bangles had a new album in the shops, but when you listen to Doll Revolution, it's almost as if they never went away.
The Bangles always had an instantly recognisable sound; the interwoven melodies of their voices that glide and soar, supporting the rocky/pop sound of their guitar driven music let you know it was the Bangles right away, and they continue that tradition on Doll Revolution, only they're doing it a lot better now than they ever have been.
There is a definite change in feel to the style of the songs though. 90% of the songs on D.R. are written by the Bangles themselves, and this is a good thing. Some of the songs here have a lot more of a personal feel about them; Single by Choice, Nickel Romeo & Grateful for example, all draw on personal experiences from members of the band, and D.R. is a lot better for it. D.R. swings from the rocky/pop songs that the Bangles do so well; Something That You Said, Rain Song, Ride the Ride, Here Right Now, and Tear Off Your Own Head through to the sublime of Lost at Sea, I Will Take Care Of You and Song For A Good Son, with the only poor track being Mixed Messages. All of the songs have the distinctive Bangles 'feel' to them though, and if you own any other Bangles LP's, then you won't be disappointed with this. None of their individual performances have weathered with age, and are quite the opposite; they're all better now than they were way back when. Their voices are just as strong and melodic as ever, the music just as powerful and moving as it always was, and, it has to be said, but they look a lot better now too. The Bangles truly are back, and hopefully Doll Revolution is only the first chapter in what promises to be the comeback of the century.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Goddard on 19 July 2010
Format: Audio CD
Herein lies proof that The Bangles are a real rock band. In that respect, as far as female rock bands go, they bear comparison with The Go Gos (yes, they are that good). Their biggest hits, while decent songs in their own right, are a little misleading (on this album, that goes for 'Something That You Said'). Other reviewers have said it all with respect to the merits of this album. In short, it knocks most modern rock albums for six. I will add merely one definitive proof of what a great, original band they are; their version of Elvis Costello's 'Tear Off Your Own Head' is far better than the original. To take such a middling track from a great songwriter and turn it into an absolute belter takes real vision and skill. It is not so much a cover version as a complete reworking. 'Song For A Good Son' is mesmerising but my personal favourite has to be 'Single By Choice'. It's good to hear a song by a female band with this level of disillusioned honesty about relationships. The Bangles were, above all, themselves. That was rare, even when they were in their pomp.
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