Doll Revolution

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Doll Revolution
The Bangles - Doll Revolution.jpg
Studio album by The Bangles
Released September 9, 2003
Recorded 2000-03. Additional Recording Studios at Icon Recording Studios, Hollywood, California. Icon Recording Studios owner and Chief Engineer - Andrew Troy, Assistant Engineer - Aaron Kaplay, 2nd Assistant Engineer - Pablo Solorzano.
Genre Pop rock
Length 60:22
Label Koch
Producer Brad Wood
The Bangles chronology
Greatest Hits
(1990)Greatest Hits1990
Doll Revolution
(2003)
Sweetheart of the Sun
(2011)Sweetheart of the Sun2011
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars [1]
BBC Music (favorable) [2]
Entertainment.ie 4/5 stars [3]
Entertainment Weekly B− [4]
The Guardian 3/5 stars [5]
Jam! (average) [6]
musicOMH (positive) [7]
PopMatters (positive) [8]
Robert Christgau (3-star Honorable Mention) [9]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2.5/5 stars [11]
Slant 2.5/5 stars [10]
Uncut 3/5 stars [12]

Doll Revolution is the fourth studio album by the American pop rock band the Bangles. It was released in March 2003 in Europe and Japan, and in September of that year in the USA. It is the group's first album of original material since 1988's Everything.

Background[edit]

The Bangles reunited in 1999, releasing the song "Get the Girl" on the Austin Powers 2: The Spy Who Shagged Me soundtrack and spent the next four years touring to finance the record, which was first released in Europe in March 2003. The group resurrected their own label Down Kiddie! Records, on which they had released their debut single "Getting out of Hand" in 1981, to release the record, and struck a deal with Liberty Records, an EMI subsidiary, to distribute it in Europe. In the USA, the record was released by Koch Records in September of that year.

Including 15 songs, it is the group's lengthiest album. All tracks were co-composed by members of the band, with the exception of "Tear Off Your Own Head" which was written by Elvis Costello. Some songs had been already released in the 1990s by band members on other bands they worked with after the band split: "Mixed Messages" and "The Rain Song", written by Vicki Peterson, had been released in the Continental Drifters albums, while "Ask Me No Questions" was released by Debbi Peterson with her band Kindred Spirit. "Nickel Romeo" and "Between The Two", while never released, had been debuted by Michael Steele with her band Crash Wisdom in live shows in 1994.

The album spawned three singles. The lead single, "Something That You Said", reached No. 38 in the UK,[13] and was a minor hit elsewhere in Europe. "Tear Off Your Own Head (It's A Doll Revolution)" and "I Will Take Care of You" were next released as singles, the latter reaching No. 79 in the UK.[13] All three songs had lead vocals by Susanna Hoffs.

In the USA, an edition with a bonus DVD with interviews and the video to "Something that You Said" was released. In Japan, the group included as bonus tracks both songs from their first 45 single released in 1981, "Getting out of Hand" and "Call on Me" (the first time they had been released on CD), as well as an alternate mix of "Something That You Said."

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Tear Off Your Own Head (It's a Doll Revolution)" Elvis Costello 3:57
2. "Stealing Rosemary" Susanna Hoffs, Debbi Peterson, Vicki Peterson 3:32
3. "Something That You Said" Charlotte Caffey, Susanna Hoffs, Vicki Peterson 4:16
4. "Ask Me No Questions" Walker Igleheart, Debbi Peterson 3:26
5. "The Rain Song" Susan Cowsill, Vicki Peterson 3:41
6. "Nickel Romeo" Steve LeGassick, Brian Ray, Michael Steele 4:57
7. "Ride the Ride" Susanna Hoffs, Debbi Peterson, Vicki Peterson, Daniel Schwartz 4:48
8. "I Will Take Care of You" Susanna Hoffs, Dillon O'Brian 3:56
9. "Here Right Now" Debbi Peterson, Peter Rafelson 3:24
10. "Single by Choice" Vicki Peterson 3:41
11. "Lost at Sea" Susanna Hoffs, Debbi Peterson 3:55
12. "Song for a Good Son" Michael Steele 4:01
13. "Mixed Messages" Vicki Peterson 3:19
14. "Between the Two" Michael Steele, David White 3:42
15. "Grateful" Bill Bottrell, Susanna Hoffs, Daniel Schwartz 4:59

Personnel[edit]

  • Produced by Brad Wood & the Bangles
The Bangles
Additional musicians
  • Dillon O'Brian: acoustic & electric guitars, Wurlitzer electric piano
  • Bangle Boys Choir (Dave Grohl, John Crooke & Chick Wolverton): background vocals
  • Greg Hilfman & Chick Wolverton: keyboards
  • Greg Leisz: lap & pedal steel
  • Peter Holsapple: mandolin, accordion & keyboards
  • Tim Russell: acoustic guitar and background vocals on "Here Right Now"
  • R Walt Vincent: harmonium
  • David Campbell: strings arranger on "I Will Take Care of You"
  • Leah Katz: viola on "I Will Take Care of You"
  • Melissa Reiner & Michael Nicholson: violin on "I Will Take Care of You"
  • Guenevere Measham: cello on "I Will Take Care of You"

Chart performance[edit]

Date Chart Peak position
March 9, 2003 Austria Albums Top 75 36[14]
March 9, 2003 UK Albums Top 75 62
March 23, 2003 Swiss Albums Top 100 80[15]
2003 Top 100 Independent albums 23[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sendra, Tim. Doll Revolution at AllMusic
  2. ^ BBC Music review
  3. ^ Entertainment.ie review
  4. ^ Feliciano, Kristina (2003-09-26). "Doll Revolution Review". Entertainment Weekly: 95. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  5. ^ The Guardian review
  6. ^ Jam! review
  7. ^ musicOMH review
  8. ^ PopMatters review
  9. ^ Robert Christgau review
  10. ^ Slant review
  11. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 43. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  12. ^ "The Bangles - Doll Revolution". Uncut. 2003. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  13. ^ a b "UK Official Charts: Bangles". Official Charts Company. 2016. Retrieved 16 December 2016. 
  14. ^ AustrianCharts.at Archived June 21, 2006, at the Wayback Machine. Doll Revolution page Accessed: October 28. 2006
  15. ^ SwissCharts.com Archived June 2, 2006, at the Wayback Machine. Doll Revolution page Accessed: October 28. 2006
  16. ^ Billboard.com Doll Revolution page

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