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Are you experienced?,
This review is from: Doll Revolution (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.