One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This

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One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This
Studio album by New York Dolls
Released July 25, 2006
Genre Rock[1]
Length 47:50
Label Roadrunner
Producer Jack Douglas
New York Dolls chronology
Rock'n Roll
(1994)
One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This
(2006)
Cause I Sez So
(2009)

One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This is the third studio album by American hard rock band New York Dolls. It was the band's first release of original material since their 1974 album Too Much Too Soon. The album was produced by Jack Douglas and written mostly by band members David Johansen and Sylvain Sylvain.

One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This was released by Roadrunner Records on July 24, 2006, in the United Kingdom and July 25 in the United States.[2] It charted at number 129 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and received positive reviews from most critics.

Background[edit]

After reuniting in 2004, David Johansen and Sylvain Sylvain reformed the New York Dolls without original members Johnny Thunders, Arthur Kane, and Jerry Nolan, all of whom had died prior to the album's recording.[3] The album's title is a reference to Virgil's Aeneid, 1.203: forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit. Guest artists on the album include Michael Stipe, Tom Gabel, and Iggy Pop. A special limited edition version of the album was released with the bonus track "Seventeen" featuring blues musician Bo Diddley and a making-of-the-album DVD entitled On the Lip. The album cover was featured in the iPod nano 4th generation poster.[citation needed]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
Blender 4/5 stars[4]
Robert Christgau A+[5]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[6]
NME 4/10[7]
The Observer 5/5 stars[8]
Pitchfork Media 6/10[9]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[10]
Spin 4/5 stars[11]
Uncut 4/5 stars[12]

One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 75 based on 25 reviews.[13] Q magazine hailed it as a "career highlight",[14] while Spin magazine's Doug Brod called it "a striking return to form".[11] Uncut wrote that "it kicks ass."[12] Andrew Perry of The Observer called the album "the kind of rollicking, party-rockin' fandango which, genuinely, nobody has the spirit or wit to put together these days."[8] In his review for Rolling Stone, David Fricke viewed it as an intense compromise between the band's frenzied early albums and the matured formalism of David Johansen's 1978 self-titled solo album.[10] Allmusic's Mark Deming said that the songs are philosophical, multisyllabic, and surprisingly intellectual for a band that was once decadent and fashionably punk.[3] Robert Christgau called Johansen "far more practiced and studied" as a songwriter,[4] and wrote that he "mourns mortality and celebrates contingency in the most searching lyrics of the year—lyrics deepened by how much fun the band is having."[15]

In a mixed review, Pitchfork Media's Stuart Berman was ambivalent towards the band's less provocative style and called them too humble and restrained.[9] In his review for the Chicago Tribune, Greg Kot wrote that the band's new members lack "personality",[16] while NME magazine dismissed the new line-up as "an above-average pub-rock band."[7] Charlotte Robinson of PopMatters was confounded by the songwriting and described the album as "an odd little number perched somewhere between being embarrassing Dolls-by-numbers and true to the original band's memory".[2] Leonie Cooper of The Guardian found the "beefed-up production and Johansen's more gravelly voice" predictable, although he felt that band's lyrics "have matured".[6]

In their year-end list, Rolling Stone magazine named One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This the twelfth best album of 2006.[15] Robert Christgau ranked it as the best album of the year,[17] and in 2009, he ranked it as the ninth best album of the 2000s decade.[18]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics were written by David Johansen and all music by Sylvain Sylvain, except where noted.

  1. "We're All in Love" (Johansen/Sami Yaffa) – 4:38
  2. "Runnin' Around" – 4:11
  3. "Plenty of Music" – 4:00
  4. "Dance Like a Monkey" – 3:38
  5. "Punishing World" (Johansen/Steve Conte) – 2:37
  6. "Maimed Happiness" – 3:01
  7. "Fishnets and Cigarettes" – 3:13
  8. "Gotta Get Away from Tommy" (Johansen/Conte) – 2:27
  9. "Dancing on the Lip of a Volcano" – 4:18
  10. "I Ain't Got Nothing" (Johansen/Brian Koonin) – 4:27
  11. "Rainbow Store" (Johansen/Conte) – 2:57
  12. "Gimme Luv and Turn on the Light" – 3:18
  13. "Take a Good Look at My Good Looks" (Johansen/Sylvain/Conte) – 5:00

Personnel[edit]

Credits are adapted from the album's liner notes.[19]

New York Dolls[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Greg Calbi – mastering
  • Sebastian Cotrone – assistant engineering
  • Bo Diddley – guitar on "Seventeen"
  • Blake Douglas – Pro Tools engineering
  • Colin Douglas – percussion, congas on "Dance Like a Monkey"
  • Jack Douglas – mixing, production
  • Laura Jane Grace – vocals on "Punishing World"
  • Jay Messina – engineering
  • Iggy Pop – vocals on "Gimme Luv and Turn on the Light"
  • Andy Snitzer – saxophone on "Maimed Happiness"
  • Michael Stipe – vocals on "Dancing on the Lip of a Volcano"

Charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
Finnish Albums Chart[20] 3
French Albums Chart[20] 124
U.S. Billboard 200[21] 129
U.S. Top Independent Albums[21] 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gill, Jaime (August 9, 2006). "New York Dolls – 'One Day It Will Please Us To Remember Even This'". Yahoo! Music. Archived from the original on August 13, 2013. Retrieved August 13, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Robinson, Charlotte (July 25, 2006). "New York Dolls: One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This". PopMatters. Retrieved August 13, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Deming, Mark. Review: One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This. Allmusic. Retrieved on August 9, 2010.
  4. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (August 2006). "New York Dolls: 'One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This'". Blender (New York): 113. Retrieved August 13, 2013. 
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Consumer Guide Drafts for Rhapsody, 2007". Robert Christgau. Retrieved August 13, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Cooper, Leonie. Review: One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This. The Guardian. Retrieved on August 9, 2010.
  7. ^ a b "Review: One Day It Will Please Us To Remember Even This". NME (London): 31. July 22, 2006. 
  8. ^ a b Perry, Andrew. Review: One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This. The Observer. Retrieved on August 9, 2010.
  9. ^ a b Berman, Stuart. Review: One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This. Pitchfork Media. Retrieved on August 9, 2010.
  10. ^ a b Fricke, David (August 11, 2006). "One Day It Will Please Us To Remember Even This". Rolling Stone (New York). Retrieved August 12, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b Brod, Doug. "Review: One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This". Spin: 82. August 2006.
  12. ^ a b "Review: One Day It Will Please Us To Remember Even This". Uncut (London): 99. August 2006. 
  13. ^ "One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This". Metacritic. Retrieved on August 9, 2010.
  14. ^ "Review: One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This". Q (London): 109. September 2006. 
  15. ^ a b "The Top 50 Albums of the Year". Rolling Stone (New York). January 6, 2007. Archived from the original on August 13, 2013. Retrieved August 13, 2013. 
  16. ^ Kot, Greg. Review: One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved on August 9, 2010.
  17. ^ "2006: Dean's List". Robert Christgau. February 14, 2007. Retrieved August 13, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Rolling Stone Ballot: The 00's Best Songs & Albums". Robert Christgau. December 24, 2009. Retrieved August 13, 2013. 
  19. ^ One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This (CD liner notes). New York Dolls. Roadrunner Records. 2006. 168 618 045-2. 
  20. ^ a b "New York Dolls – One Day It Will Please Us To Remember Even This". lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved August 13, 2013. 
  21. ^ a b "One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This – New York Dolls : Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved August 13, 2013. 

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