One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This

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One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This
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Studio album by New York Dolls
Released July 25, 2006
Genre Rock, rock and roll
Length 47:50
Label Roadrunner
Producer Jack Douglas
New York Dolls chronology
Rock'n Roll
(1994)Rock'n Roll1994
One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This
(2006)
Cause I Sez So
(2009)Cause I Sez So2009

One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This is the third studio album by American hard rock band the New York Dolls. It was the group'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.[1] 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.[2] 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, Laura Jane Grace, 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] Johansen said of the album, "It's a rock'n'roll record, and not a lot of people make rock'n'roll records today. They make weird marching music, or Hitler Youth rally music. Sheesh, there are some fucked-up records out there."[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]
Blender 4/5 stars[4]
Entertainment Weekly B+[5]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[6]
NME 4/10[7]
The Observer 5/5 stars[8]
Pitchfork 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 critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 75, based on 25 reviews.[13] Q magazine called it a "career highlight" for the New York Dolls,[14] while Spin critic Doug Brod hailed it as "a striking return to form".[11] According to Dotmusic writer Jamie Gill, the album succeeded as a resolute "back to basics rock record" and weltering exploration of decadent rock and roll.[15] Andrew Perry from The Observer felt it was the kind of boisterous, playful collection of songs "which, genuinely, nobody has the spirit or wit to put together these days".[8] In the opinion of Rolling Stone's David Fricke, the intense record reconciled the frenzied music of the band's early years with the matured formalism of David Johansen's 1978 self-titled solo album.[10] AllMusic's Mark Deming believed the songs were philosophical, multisyllabic, and surprisingly intellectual for a group that was once decadent and fashionably punk.[2] Writing for Blender, Robert Christgau deemed Johansen a "far more practiced and studied" songwriter,[4] who "mourns mortality and celebrates contingency in the most searching lyrics of the year—lyrics deepened by how much fun the band is having"; he assigned it an "A+" grade in his Consumer Guide review.[16]

In a mixed review, Pitchfork Media critic Stuart Berman observed a less provocative style from the New York Dolls, writing that they sounded too humbled and restrained.[9] Greg Kot wrote in the Chicago Tribune that the band's new members lacked "personality",[17] 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".[1] Leonie Cooper from The Guardian found the "beefed-up production and Johansen's more gravelly voice" predictable, although he felt their songwriting had matured.[6]

At the end of 2006, One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This appeared on several critics' lists of the year's best albums. It was voted the 43rd best record of the year in The Village Voice's annual Pazz & Jop poll and was ranked 29th by The Observer, 27th by Mojo, 17th by Blender, 12th by Rolling Stone, 8th by Classic Rock, and 4th by Hits.[18] Christgau named it his album of the year,[19] and in 2009, he ranked it as the ninth best album of the 2000s decade.[20]

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.[21]

New York Dolls[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Bo Diddley – guitar on "Seventeen"
  • Colin Douglas – percussion, congas on "Dance Like a Monkey"
  • Laura Jane Grace – vocals on "Punishing World"
  • 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"

Production[edit]

  • Greg Calbi – mastering
  • Sebastian Cotron – assistant engineering
  • Blake Douglas – Pro Tools engineering
  • Jack Douglas – mixing, production
  • Jay Messina – engineering

Charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
Finnish Albums Chart[22] 3
French Albums Chart[22] 124
U.S. Billboard 200[23] 129
U.S. Top Independent Albums[23] 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ a b c Deming, Mark. Review: One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This. Allmusic. Retrieved on August 9, 2010.
  3. ^ The Guardian feature
  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. ^ Sinclair, Tom (July 24, 2006). "One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 28, 2016. 
  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. ^ 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. ^ Gill, Jaime (August 9, 2006). "New York Dolls – 'One Day It Will Please Us To Remember Even This'". Dotmusic. Archived from the original on January 7, 2007. Retrieved August 13, 2013. 
  16. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Consumer Guide Drafts for Rhapsody, 2007". Robert Christgau. Retrieved August 13, 2013. 
  17. ^ Kot, Greg. Review: One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved on August 9, 2010.
  18. ^ "One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This". Acclaimed Music. Retrieved September 26, 2015. 
  19. ^ "2006: Dean's List". Robert Christgau. February 14, 2007. Retrieved August 13, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Rolling Stone Ballot: The 00's Best Songs & Albums". Robert Christgau. December 24, 2009. Retrieved August 13, 2013. 
  21. ^ One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This (CD liner notes). New York Dolls. Roadrunner Records. 2006. 168 618 045-2. 
  22. ^ a b "New York Dolls – One Day It Will Please Us To Remember Even This". lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved August 13, 2013. 
  23. ^ 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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