On the New York Dolls website, lead singer David Johansen says: " "This is phase two. It's a new band. A whole new thing." Right he is. And not.
It has to be different, the dynamics have changed. Besides the death of four earlier members (Johnny Thunders, Jerry Nolan, Billy Murcia and Arthur "Killer" Kane) it's been thirty-two years since their last album.
So there's been an infusion of new players; Sami Yaffa on bass, guitarist Steve Conte, keyboard player Brian Koonin and drummer Brian Delaney, all of whom are accomplished musicians in their own right. As one of the two remaining founding members Sylvain Sylvain (guitar) put it: "We didn't set out to replace anyone. We're talking about the deceased here, not the dismissed, after all.
The release of One Day It Will Please Us To Remember Even This proves that it indeed a new band. But a whole new thing? Not to me. The new guys make their bones with a seemingly seamless step into the mojo of the Dolls persona... lots of attitude and great tunes. As quoted by fellow writer Marc Spitz on their site; "I think it's still an up kind of thing," Johansen says describing that quality that makes the Dolls, whatever, whomever and whenever, unmistakably "the Dolls." "It's got a non-defeatist philosophy and attitude. It says 'We can do anything."
The first track "We're All In Love", written by Sami proves all the above and more. From the driving bassline that opens the song to the end harmonica licks if this doesn't get you movin' and groovin', then you'd best check yourself from the ears down to see if you've still got a pulse.
Throughout the cd the NY Dolls continue to pay homage to their many roots, just like in the way back days. The uptempo "Dance Like A Monkey" is a melding of Motown and searing guitar riffs topped with lyrics that would spark heated words between evolutionists and creationists. If they could stop dancing long enough to talk about it, that is.
"Take A Good Look At My Good Looks" has a Stones-ish feel to it, ala Black And Blue circa 1976. Revisit '50s prom nights and slow dancing with the lush melody of "Maimed Happiness", haunting sax riffs included. "Gotta Get Away From Tommy" starts out reminiscing "One Fine Day" and quickly shifts into a bouncy, harmony-tight pogo fest. The Dolls even re-visit their own "Great Big Kiss" past with "Rainbow Store".