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New York Dolls

New York Dolls

1973

New York Dolls

Album Summary

New York Dolls is the debut album by the American hard rock band New York Dolls. It was released on July 27, 1973, by Mercury Records. In the years leading up to the album, the Dolls had developed a local fanbase by playing regularly in lower Manhattan after forming in 1971. However, most music producers and record companies were reluctant to work with them because of their vulgarity and onstage fashion as well as homophobia in New York; the group later appeared in exaggerated drag on the album cover for shock value. After signing a contract with Mercury, the Dolls recorded their first album at The Record Plant in New York City with producer Todd Rundgren, who was known for his sophisticated pop tastes and held a lukewarm opinion of the band. Despite stories of conflicts during the recording sessions, lead singer David Johansen and guitarist Sylvain Sylvain later said Rundgren successfully captured how the band sounded live. The resulting music on the album – a mix of carefree rock and roll, influences from Brill Building pop, and campy sensibilities – explores themes of urban youth, teen alienation, adolescent romance, and authenticity, as rendered in Johansen's colloquial and ambiguous lyrics. New York Dolls was met with widespread critical acclaim but sold poorly and polarized listeners. The band proved difficult to market outside their native New York and developed a reputation for rock-star excesses while touring the United States in support of the album. Despite its commercial failure, New York Dolls was an influential precursor to the 1970s punk rock movement as the group's crude musicianship and youthful attitude on the album challenged the prevailing trend of musical sophistication in popular music, particularly progressive rock. Among the most acclaimed albums in history, it has since been named in various publications as one of the best debut records in rock music and one of the greatest albums of all time.

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3.1

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4934

Genres

  • Rock
  • Punk
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Wed Feb 17 2021
4

Archetypal “band who the bands you like like” for me. Had so much fun listening to this and can see the influence it had on so many bands I’m in to. Regret not having listened to them before.

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Mon May 10 2021
3

I don't think I've ever actually heard these guys before, although heaps of bands I like rate them. Ok it sounds like a punkier version of the rolling stones, which is about what I expected I guess. But it's catchy in that "fun enough sleaze rock that I would never accuse of being fantastic" kinda way. And it really drives home just how unoriginal Faster Pussycat was, hahaha. 3/5.

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Wed Mar 16 2022
5

The epitome of the New York punk scene, absolutely L-U-V this album.

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Wed Jun 22 2022
5

I imagine I have listened to the New York Dolls before, but I didn’t recognize anything on the first listen. This sounds a bit like The Rolling Stones gussied up with lipstick and a chainsaw. The album cover drew me in immediately and perfectly reflects the rough and raw contents right down to the can of Schlitz next to the high-heel clogs. I love it… and I like to think I could make it with Frankenstein!

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Thu Jun 17 2021
4

this slaps hard. good one!

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Fri Jul 30 2021
4

Sleazy as fuck, messy, trashy and raunchy. The Dolls’ sound was a powerhouse of glam-rock swagger, bluesy attitude, proto punk looseness and 60s rock’n’roll homage. It’s this fusion that gives the record its edge, its timeless sound, and is the essence of its influence and legacy across the decades. It’s also a hell of a lot of fun.

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Mon Jun 28 2021
5

COOL GLAM

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Wed Jul 07 2021
5

Listened twice

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Mon Apr 26 2021
5

Who knew Americans could do punk?

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Wed Mar 31 2021
5

great stuff, great hair

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Wed May 19 2021
5

10!

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Wed Apr 14 2021
5

Iconic, cool, and tradition-breaking Glam rock masterpiece.

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Wed May 12 2021
5

HY!

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Fri Sep 10 2021
5

mid-70's Big Hair Rock & Roll

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Thu Oct 14 2021
5

ну оказалось лучше чем я думал, даже мне как челу не рокеру зашло

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Wed Nov 17 2021
5

Now this is more like it! rock and roll! woo-hoo! I so enjoyed this record. it's raw, and dangerous, and rock and roll, and funny, and offensive, and everything I want from a rock and roll record. It has dead-set classic songs (Personality Crisis, Trash, Looking for a Kiss), some songs I already loved (Subway Train), and few that I am now just learning to love (bad Girl, Frankenstein). Loved this record. play it real loud!

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Fri Nov 19 2021
5

Wasn't expecting this. Absolute rammer

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Thu Nov 25 2021
5

Nice 70s rock vibes

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Fri Jan 14 2022
5

No punk without the Dolls. Not surprised to see Todd Rungrens name over this either, hes been a common denominator in a few 4 and 5 star albums lately

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Thu Feb 03 2022
5

Trash, don’t pick it up, take them lights away

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Fri Apr 29 2022
5

Crap! Why have I never listened to this? So much pure energy coming from this band. They could power Vegas for a few years.

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Thu Jun 02 2022
5

This is very enjoyable. A classic?

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Tue Sep 20 2022
5

Some foundational rock and roll there!

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Tue Sep 20 2022
5

One of the most powerful end revolutionary albums in the history of music where almost every track is a masterpiece and the others are also beautiful and where the music is as perfect as the ideas behind it. Fantastic record from the start to the finish!

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Wed Sep 21 2022
5

One of the most influential and important bands of my music listening career. Paved the way for Glam, Punk, and Post-Punk.

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Thu Oct 06 2022
5

Fun love the guitar

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Sun Nov 13 2022
5

A wonderfully punky glam-rock album that slaps hard! Really enjoyed this and will be coming back to it. Favourite: Trash

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Thu Nov 17 2022
5

The New York Dolls. F*ing Rock and Roll baby.

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Thu Nov 17 2022
5

Pre punk Glam Rock. Don't ya love the can of Schlitz in the cover art? This just makes me wanna get surly. Influenced so many bands. I just love this thing.

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Sun Dec 04 2022
5

The archaeopteryx of rock. Like how the paradigm-smashing fossil established the evolutionary connection between the dinosaurs and the birds, the New York Dolls are the missing link between so much of 70s rock. Along with the hard rock instrumentation, the most obvious strand to their DNA is glam: just look at the cover. But this is not the elegant, new aristocracy glam of Bowie and Roxy Music, but a base, trashy glam of crassness, crapulence and good bad taste. This trash glam had its cohorts in Jayne County and its progeny in the Cramps and, later, hair metal (Guns N Roses covered the Dolls' Human Being on "The Spaghetti Incident?"?. But combine that trash glam with short, fast, raucous and devilish music, and the resultant mutation is late 70s punk rock (Malcolm McLaren managed the New York Dolls for a short while, ludicrously trying to give the Dolls a communist image). This punk link has led many acts, particularly British ones, to cite the Dolls on the educational section of their CVs. Indeed, the New York Dolls are Morrissey's favourite band, and he once wrote a fan history of the group and got the surviving members to reunite at a festival he was curating. Yet the New York Dolls' bluesiness shows that the main forefathers of the Dolls were the Rolling Stones, and David Johansen's cockwalk is a straight lift from Mick Jagger's peacock strut. Extrapolating their influences further, plenty of the New York Dolls' oeuvre reveals an iron connection to 60s garage rock (the genre-defining garage rock compilation Nuggets came out in 1972). In any case, like the archaeopteryx, the New York Dolls also had a few feathers. Still. historical importance is not the same as quality. Amalgamating so many trends in rock may just mean you don't fully satisfy anyone. Now, I like the New York Dolls, both the band and the album, but I need to digest before I can judge whether I find them filling. Well, let's start squirting some enzymes onto this bad boy. Firstly, the titles are brilliant. Personality Crisis, Looking for a Kiss, Trash, Bad Girl, Pills: those are exactly the names of the songs you want from a band looking like this. You don't put on this record expecting a soundtrack to acupuncture at the spa, you want to hear this while you score (a line or a fuck) in the most mould-encrusted bathroom imaginable. So, on the first front, the New York Dolls win that battle. But the war, as I see it, shall be fought on two fronts: whether the music is good and whether the aesthetic is worthwhile. I know I'm being cautious in my assessment, because I love many of the songs on here, and I love the sleaze of the New York Dolls. I love the idea that the trash, the bums, the losers are the ones having the most fun, with their sucking dick to get some green to blow on Chinese rocks (and yes, I understand the reality is not quite so gleeful). Hell, I prefer the New York Dolls to the Ramones; it's safe, conservative even, to like the Ramones. You don't even need to listen to them, you can just buy the t-shirt. At least the New York Dolls aren't quite so corporate. With hindsight, it's evident that the New York Dolls could only produce at most two albums at their peak. Their stance was not conducive to a sustained career, they were too troubled, the limitations of their skills at the time would have meant their style would have quickly become formulaic. That said, they only produced two albums at their peak, so such counterfactuals are moot. And I'm just reviewing one album here, which happens to be their best. Why am I dancing around instead of praising this album efflusively? Well, the most signifcant flaw to this album is the production. The producer was Todd Rundgren, who by his own admission was not simpatico with the New York Dolls or the juvenile punk movement. As such, the occasional song feels a tad underpowered, but not enough to devalue the songs themselves. But the main reason for my dithering goes back to that list at the beginning of what the New York Dolls were. Yes, they were a crucial fusion of glam, punk, bluesy rock and hard rock, but they were not the best at any of those genres. They were not the best glam group, duh, that was Bowie, with Roxy Music the clear silver medallists. They weren't the best punk groups (the Sex Pistols, who also did trash better), nor even the best American punk group (the Stooges). The best Rolling Stones ripoffs were probably still the Rolling Stones. They were not the hardest rocking band in hard rock, which surely discounts them from the title of best hard rock band. They were not the best New York band (although the standard answer is the Velvet Underground, I'll go for the wondrous Suicide). They weren't the most sordid band of the time (Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, or is it technically Gary Glitter?). They weren't even the best band managed by Malcolm McLaren. You want some superlative to attach to the New York Dolls, but for any adjective you suggest, you can always think of a band who were just a little bit more. After all, does anyone have the archaeopteryx as their favourite dinosaur? Mine's the deinonychus. Still, brilliant album, so 5 stars for that. NoRadio, signing off.

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Fri Dec 04 2020
4

I can understand how they inspired so many punk acts that followed. Good history lesson into the genera

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Thu Jan 07 2021
4

I like Glam-Rock!

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Thu Jun 24 2021
4

Early NYC punk from 1973

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Wed May 26 2021
4

Another really good punk album by one of the originals.

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Fri Jun 25 2021
4

Fun

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Fri Mar 12 2021
4

Good rock stuff. An earlier album contained a cover of one of these songs

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Fri Jun 04 2021
4

Excellent album. Punk before anyone knew what punk was. 4 stars.

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Thu Apr 01 2021
4

I love this record. "Personality Crisis" is so good.

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Fri Jul 09 2021
4

Pues rock bien hechecito, rock pesado (?), a veces hasta vibras pank, sentí. No tengo mucho más que añadir, sino que me entretuvo, las modulaciones de la voz están divertidas. Mis preferidas: "Lonely Planet Boy", "Trash" y "Pills". 8.5/10

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Fri Jul 09 2021
4

Lol. Pues al fin de cuentas sí me gustó aunquenlo empecé con hueva sabiendo que era glam rock. Sobretodo Frankenstein tiene un build-up muy divertido. Mood: don't cha ask me of I love you

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Mon Apr 19 2021
4

It's decent this, not something I'd rush to put on but I like the sound

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Wed Apr 14 2021
4

Another great album. I feel like I'm being very generous recently but its been a good run.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
4

Cool and edgy

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Tue Apr 20 2021
4

Pretty good listen!

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Wed Apr 07 2021
4

This is a classic. I hear all the proto-punk, what surprised me was when they settled down into some more Stones like qualities from the era. I look forward to digging deeper into this album

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Fri Apr 30 2021
4

This album just makes me laugh. the vocals are so funny to me, and the music is pretty rocking. A very unique sound and I can appreciate that

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Sun May 23 2021
4

cooler Punk Rock

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Thu Jun 24 2021
4

4 for sure, would do 4.5 if I could. A couple classic ones in here and just a good rambunctious sound all around.

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Fri May 14 2021
4

This album is great. I enjoy their sound a lot. I probably won’t listen to this much if at all, but I enjoyed the time I spent with it. I’m definitely glad I heard this.

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Tue Jul 06 2021
4

Solid punk rock album. "Personality Crisis" stood out the most, I'd say.

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Mon Jul 05 2021
4

A perfect album. It just kicks ass top to bottom. People don't know the New York Dolls and that's a real shame.

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Fri Aug 06 2021
4

A great album of sleazy rock and roll. Great guitar work interesting touches like the piano in personality crisis. Still holds the seeds of Punk with the energy and the do whatever we want attitude. A very important album. 4.5 stars

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Fri Aug 13 2021
4

Really groundbreaking album in the punk rock scene, but not as hard as. I expected to be. Got a Rolling Stones vibe if they tried to be punk. Very good.

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Fri Sep 03 2021
4

The original GLAM!!! Loud, proud, and definitely cross-dressing, these Dolls will let you know what you're in for with the very first track. The vibrancy of David Jo Hansen's vocal performance brings the music to life, you can tell the group was destined for greatness just listening to it. Iconic.

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Tue Sep 14 2021
4

Don't like pianos used like this Corny Good voice Good energy Busy It's good! Trash is v.good This is great.

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Wed Oct 27 2021
4

Good punk/hard rock with a buzz from New York. This must have been bitchin live.

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Wed Oct 27 2021
4

A lot of glam, a lot of punk, and a whole lot of rock n roll. These guys were way ahead of their time.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Frankenstein, Trash, Jet boy

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Thu Jan 06 2022
4

Great album - you can definitely see where it's come from and where music is going to go after it.

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Wed Jan 12 2022
4

glam

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Wed Feb 16 2022
4

Wham bam thank you glam

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Wed Mar 02 2022
4

Didn't like it at first, but it really grew on me after a second listen.

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Wed Mar 02 2022
4

Surprisingly enjoyable and is a much better precursor to punk than some other bands.

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Thu Mar 10 2022
4

This one could grow on me. Already enjoy it.

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Sun Apr 10 2022
4

Good listen.

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Wed Apr 20 2022
4

Tak zmylkowej okladki dawno nie bylo, czlowiek spodziewal sie babskiego grania z nowego jorku w synthowej stylowce, a dostal harde rokowanie, ktore podchodzi nawet pod punka, w wydaniu przebierancow cancelowanych z powodu hamerykanskiej homofobii lat 70, ktorzy najbardziej kojarza mi sie z rolujacymi stonesami, debiutancki material new york dollsow to 42 minutowy album z 73, piecioosobowy sklad, wiec niby klasyka, ale sporo dziwnych rzeczy dzieje sie tam instrumentalnie, pierwsza beda uzyte gongi, harmonijki piania, czy moogowe synthy, ktore najlepiej slychac na traku vietnamese boy, jesli chodzi o sam styl muzyczny to bandzie udalo sie uchwycic livowy vibe, bo sluchajac plyty czuje sie jakby bylo sie w prawdziwej nowo jorskiej spelunie w ktorej czuc grajacych ze sceny, nie ma tutaj dopieszczenia szczegolow, a raczej czuc energie i ducha zespolu jaki zostal przelany na ten krazek, do tego dochodza odwazne, dziwne i nieodpowiednie do radiowego odtwarzania teksty, ktore lubieznoscia potrafia nawet dorownywac stonesowych kompozycja, ale najwazniejsze ze czuc ze calosc byla pisana z jakims konceptem, bo czuc z krazka miejskosc zespolu, smrod i brud miasta przelany na wynylaka, wiec nie dziwie sie ze mieli cultowy fanbejs, jesli tak brzmia krazki, to co dopiero musialo sie wyprawiac na koncertach, ciezko dojsc do tego czy wokal pana Davida Johansena jest dobry, bo poza tym ze pasuje do klimatu calego krazka, to mocno zalezy od danego kawalka, do tego sporo jest chorkowania pozostalych czlonkow bandy, ktorych zwlaszcza slychac na utworze trash, teksty sa creditowanie glownie dla spiewajacego pana, ale poza panem Nolanem drumiarzem kazdy czlonek jest zcreditowany na przynajmniej jednym kawalki, do tego dochodzi tez jeden cover, pills od Diddley Bo, z pickow na liste dodam wspomnianego trasha, pillsa i openingowego personality crisis, chociaz calosc jest niesamowiscie sluchalna i pomimo tego, ze nie jest to jakis koncept album, to czuc z niego tozsamosc zespolu, ktora sama za siebie sprzedaje plyte dla mnie

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Sun May 01 2022
4

This was a lot of fun. I didn't appreciate this as much as it deserves on previous listens

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Sun May 01 2022
4

I love this era of glam rock. This album was a jam.

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Wed May 04 2022
4

Not too bad party music!

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Thu May 12 2022
4

It took a few songs but I got into it eventually. The clarity on this album is impressive given the quality of other Profi punk records. There’s a lot to like about this album. The melodies are catchy, and the musicianship is better than I was expecting based on what I had read. The singing is a bit flat sometimes but is overall good. This album sounds ahead of its time and clearly influenced the New York punk scene that would emerge.

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Thu May 19 2022
4

Spirited, energetic, in your face rock and roll, rate this how you want the Dolls don’t care. A riot.

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Mon Jun 06 2022
4

Fuck Whispering Bob Harris, this rocks as well as anything did in 1973.

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Sun Jun 26 2022
4

Okay, so I know everyone says this was the original punk album, but I see this more as an American Slade - with the pop hooks, heaviness and sense of fun. Y'am Alllllllllright if you will. It's good fun, especially Trash and Frankenstein, and I can see how it blew American minds - bless em, they've always been a few years behind the civilised world.

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Wed Jun 29 2022
4

Loved this, it's the best punk album we've had so far IMO. Given it's a punk record, goes without saying that it's full of energy and edge, but they hold it together really well. It teeters on the edge of being a bit too sleazy, but just stays on the right side of the line and is all the better for that. Solid consistency all the way through, it's a few yeras after the Stooges record we had recently and it seems to have taken that sound and refined it to make something that bit better. 4/5.

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Sun Jul 03 2022
4

quite enjoyed it. rock and roll baby 3.9/5

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Sun Jul 03 2022
4

Fun to listen to. Kind of punky rock and roll. I enjoyed would probably listen to some of them again. 4/5

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Sun Jul 03 2022
4

They have a distinctive high energy sound.

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Wed Jul 06 2022
4

feeling generous, but more like 3.5

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Wed Jul 06 2022
4

noice 4/5

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Wed Jul 13 2022
4

Fun album. Has read a ton about this one but never really listened. 4/5

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Sun Jul 17 2022
4

Different to what I expected but good

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Thu Jul 21 2022
4

Yes

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Thu Jul 21 2022
4

Glam rock as it should be.

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Thu Jul 21 2022
4

Marvs!

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Sat Jul 23 2022
4

Cool to hear the very beginnings of punk taking shape. You can hear how the genre progressed from here while at the same time hearing the contemporary glam, hard rock and other sounds.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
4

Punk rock em seu nascedouro. Muito bom!

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Thu Aug 04 2022
4

Awesome

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Wed Aug 17 2022
4

Childhood!

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Wed Aug 17 2022
4

I hadn't ever listened to the New York Dolls despite knowing they influenced a lot of artists I did listen to. This is a fun record and more musical than I would have expected - a nice mix of rock & roll and brash, punkish rock. Pretty amazing how good this is given the questionable aspirations of most members in the group and their age at the time. I also have to assume New York Dolls had a massive influence on many 80s hair-metal bands that adopted similar crossdressing stage personas (Motley Crue, Poison, etc). "Personality Crisis," "Frankenstein," and "Trash" were my favorites.

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Mon Aug 22 2022
4

Nice! Never listened to the whole thing before. It's heavy!

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Tue Aug 23 2022
4

Nice punky sound. Bit like kiss. Enjoyable

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Wed Aug 24 2022
4

I like this straight forward rock/punk album.

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Sun Aug 28 2022
4

Love it! Cool hard rock music that is at the stage just before it becomes punk rock. Love the energy and rawness.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
4

Rock'n Roll baby

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Thu Sep 01 2022
4

Pretty, good. Will probably listen again.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
4

4.5

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Tue Sep 06 2022
4

riktigt många fina bitar alltså. pills var en riktigt bra låt

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Wed Sep 07 2022
4

Love this album - grimy, sleazy and above all, the harbinger of a bunch of stuff to come that I love. Unqualified love. 'Jet Boy' whips ass.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
4

You remember Buster Poindexter? I only remember him because he'd pop up on SNL every now and then. I had no other frame of reference for him. He was kinda scary and kinda corny, big showman vibe but with a low-rent central casting look? He was the cabby in Scrooged. You remember. Anyway, David Johanssen in great. I wish I'd known about New York Dolls before Buster Poindexter. I might have found it all a lot funnier. Regardless, I like this album. Each song is catchy in the exact same way. I really like Personality Crisis, but it might be the only one I really remember. Either way, fun album, good sound. Thanks Buster.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

Never heard any songs before, had a very classic rock feel to it.

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Sat Sep 10 2022
4

This was an unexpected joy. Best track: Subway Train

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Wed Sep 14 2022
4

Good upbeat punk album. Had sorta the same vibe all the way through. They knew who they were as a band and executed in a fun way. 4/5 Good lesson in knowing who you are and writing catchy songs.

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Mon Sep 19 2022
4

I'm working through this slowly. On my third listen. I want to like this. They probably don't want me to like this. But the entire album tells an incredible story even if some of the music is a bit weird - the high standard of production seems to clash with the ethos of the band, and yet... It improves it. So many contradictions. A 4 today, it would have been a 5 yesterday. Don't know about tomorrow.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
4

Proto-punk is a spot-on genre description for New York Dolls. There is still enough pop, rock, and blues to be recognizable and not too revolutionary for the time, but the parts that inspired the evolution of punk music are clear and insistent.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
4

I just recently listened to a "The Ongoing History of New Music" podcast episode about The History of Alt Rock. In the episode, Alan Cross talks about the influence of the New York Dolls had on punk and glam rock. This can absolutely be heard when listening to this album. The fast guitar and drums, the gravelly tone of the singer's voice... The New York Dolls were definately ahead of their time, which is a shame, because they didn't get the fame they deserve until later on, but their music is teriffic! Favourite songs: Personality Crisis, Trash, Subway Train, Pills Least favourite song: Lonely Planet Boy 4/5

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Fri Sep 30 2022
4

Started off thinking I didn't like this but by the end I really did! The more punky tracks towards the end I really liked. Frankenstein, trash Almost sounded like rancid or the clash. Some of it is very punk but some more rock. Guess it's still early days of punk...

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Mon Oct 10 2022
4

Reapply solid album.

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Fri Oct 21 2022
4

I can't believe they were playing like this, not to mention dressing like this, in 1973. Talk about OG. Compared to Sex Pistols, these guys could actually lay down some decent guitar.

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Wed Oct 26 2022
4

Glitzy, Glammy fun from a band that inspired so many bands that I love.

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Thu Oct 27 2022
4

Campy in your face with a edge, slight punk vibes to it and I'm sure I could bang frankenstien

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Tue Nov 01 2022
4

Classic.

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Wed Nov 02 2022
4

A rightful classic, and must’ve been an absolute breath of fresh air at the time. Would have benefited from some variety in style, though.

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Tue Nov 15 2022
4

Good shit. Such a quintessential sound that basically laid the groundwork for punk rock and was absolutely a defining element of rock and roll. I agree that everyone should hear this. 4/5

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Wed Nov 16 2022
4

noice

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Thu Nov 17 2022
4

In between a 3 and a 4 for me I think a little closer to a 4 though

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Tue Nov 29 2022
4

Glam-punk-rock. Me ha gustado. Un 4.

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Wed Nov 18 2020
3

Had to be there!

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Thu Jul 01 2021
3

Loose, like the Stones but more punk. Love the vocal performances throughout the record, love the extension of the syllables. More of a Stooges fan when it comes to proto-punk, but this is still tasty. Favorite tracks: "Personality Crisis", "Pills", "Vietnamese Baby"

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Wed Apr 14 2021
3

Really good energy that works for the straight up rock/punk music

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Thu Jan 21 2021
3

Punk forgjenger. Mye personlighet, noen aggresive og noen svingete.

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Mon May 03 2021
3

Ok not great. No bad songs but none that really stood out. Cool use of instruments and some horns. High 2.5

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Fri Jan 29 2021
3

Kinda like the ramones... Kinda

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Wed Feb 03 2021
3

7.5

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Mon Mar 22 2021
3

Personality Crisis was the only memorable track on this one.

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Mon Jun 14 2021
3

proto punk, a bit like the stooges, bit of rolling stones

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Tue May 25 2021
3

Not my favorite thing, but it was ok. Just kind of loud and bland for me. Favorite tracks: “Personality Crisis” and “Lonely Planet Boy”

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Fri Jan 29 2021
3

Very rock-y. Reminds of kiss, not like i listened to alot of kiss but the cover and sound feels like something kiss would produce.

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Tue Jun 01 2021
3

No track could match the energy of the opening song, and it instead got into headache territory through the middle. I can see why this band is important and why they would have been fun live in New York in the 70s, but the album is just meh. 6

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Tue Jun 22 2021
3

Glaube, bein a New York Doll muss wahnsinnig geil und noch wahnsinnig viel anstrengender gewesen sein. Dieses glamouröse Leben zu führen aber gleichzeitig Dreckpunk zu sein (den es ja genaugenommen noch nicht mal gab), irgendwo zwischen Bowie, Roxy Music und den Stooges - das ist nur was für die ganz harten. Davor größten Respekt, auch wenn mich das musikalisch noch immer nicht so besonders berührt.

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Tue Jun 22 2021
3

Muss beim Opener an Marius Müller Westerhagen denken und weiß nicht, ob das gut ist. Rest ist erstaunlich bzgl. des Jahres und versetzt mich zwar weder in Euphorie noch in Entzücken, aber irgendwas ist da, was Respekt zollt, vor diesem tief wurzelnden, leidenschaftlichen R‘n‘R. Die Ärzte geben mehr als 3.2

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Thu Jul 01 2021
3

3/5 interesting tracks, but eventually no

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Thu Mar 04 2021
3

Glam rock? It’s ok but not for long

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Mon Mar 01 2021
3

A little aggressive for the night vibes but lots of energy

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Wed May 05 2021
3

First track Personality Crisis was used on an Earthed mtb dvd, reminds me of that, class 😂. I like it, early punk stuff, feels like a 3.5. Prob rate it a 3.

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Wed Jan 06 2021
3

This one was a bit strange to me. It's a 3 not because all of it is pleasantly mediocre, but rather I found half of the album (the more punkish songs) pretty annoying and would like to give them a 2, but also I enjoyed half of the album (the more oldschool rock songs) quite a lot and would like to give those a 4. So here's a 3 for the whole thing.

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Tue Jul 20 2021
3

Ist echt ok aber dass es Auswirkungen auf meine Musik von „heute“ hätte kann ich nicht sagen

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Wed Mar 31 2021
3

pas desagreable a écouter ces petasses, 3/5

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Tue Jul 20 2021
3

Gut hörbarer Rock

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Mon Apr 26 2021
3

Punk rock al más viejo puro estilo.

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Tue Jun 22 2021
3

Better than expected

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Mon Jun 07 2021
3

One of the albums that started the popularity behind punk rock. This band is an interesting hard rock group that had amazing live shows, and then this first album tried to capture that magic. Their debut album is decent, but the band is remembered for much more than their music.

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Thu Jun 24 2021
3

I like the sound. It wasn't bad. It did start to get a little tedious and redundant around Frankenstein though.

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Mon Jun 14 2021
3

Not my favorite but good music.

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Sun May 09 2021
3

Was ok

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Fri May 07 2021
3

One of the OG glam punk rock groups formed in the US, which paved the way for the likes of the Sex Pistols, Guns & Roses, Kiss, The Dammed and The Smiths. In listening to this album, you can hear where each of these bands have drawn their influence from. I found this an easy listen, and fell straight into the album with a now fairly familiar sound. High tempo, shredding guitar riffs, and punching rock vocals. Best: Personality Crisis, Frankenstein, Jet Boy Worst: Looking for a Kiss, Bad Girl, Subway Train

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Wed May 12 2021
3

ok

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Thu Jun 10 2021
3

Not bad, but probably wouldn’t listen again

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Fri Jul 02 2021
3

02.07.21 Po usłyszeniu "Personality Crisis" pomyślałam, że błędem było moje sceptyczne nastawienie do glam-rocka. Większość kawałków po pierwszym odsłuchaniu była jednak bardzo forgettable, ale myślę, że wrócę do tego albumu jeszcze. Chciałabym. AAA co do genre, jeszcze raz, chyba bardziej pasuje mi trash, niż sam glam. idk, bo totalnie się na tym nie znam, jeszcze wczoraj nie wiedziałam, że taki zespół istnieje ulubione: TRASH na pewno Bad girl było chyba słabe posłucham więcej potem

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Fri Aug 06 2021
3

Glam trash proto punk trans rolling stones. Don't let them being Morrissey's favouritie band put you off. Just great rock and roll. Best Tracks: Personality Crisis; Looking For A Kiss; Jet Boy

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Sat Aug 07 2021
3

Heard this in the past and it didn't make a big impression. When you look at the beginnings of punk music, there are a few distinct tributaries flowing into it. I guess I quite like the garage rock proto-punk, but I'm not really into this glam / hard rock style. It's a pretty solid rock album - nice energy and quite consistent. But it's not really for me. 3*

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Fri Aug 13 2021
3

"When everyone goes to your house, they shoot up in your room Most of them are beautiful, but so obsessed with gloom" (Looking for a kiss) Sólo quiero tener esta pinta, ¿es mucho pedir?

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Mon Sep 06 2021
3

I didn't think i'd like this as it's not my favourite style but it grew on me

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Mon Sep 13 2021
3

not my kind of thing but not too bad.

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Thu Sep 23 2021
3

They've gone from a fun cult band to impossibly overrated. I guess one could call this an important album since it (allegedly) inspired a legion of future bands, especially Kiss, but that's because Gene Simmons saw The Dolls' look and decided his band should go even further with the face paint. The album is good, I don't have a problem with it being on this list. My opinion is probably clouded by the fact that lead singer David Johansen had a solo career as Buster Poindexter and an obnoxious hit song called, "Hot Hot Hot", a song I assume is on an endless repeat in Hell. I liked Johansen in "Scrooged" though. Worth mentioning: This is Morrissey's favorite album. Bonus points for what appears to be a Schlitz beer can and a pack of Lucky Strikes on the album cover.

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Wed Oct 06 2021
3

It was okay.

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Thu Oct 07 2021
3

I'm sure this was thrilling in 1973. But since the advent of punk in 1977, it doesn't have the same impact.

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Fri Oct 08 2021
3

OK, but not as good as the Stooges

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Fri Nov 12 2021
3

De rock is goed maar ik word er eigenlijk gek van

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Wed Dec 08 2021
3

honky tonk ACDC?

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Fri Dec 31 2021
3

Oke tof!

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Wed Jan 05 2022
3

all in all kul och Trash är en sån dänga! Men, kanske mer "historiskt kul" än bra på riktigt??

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Fri Jan 07 2022
3

Spicy, shouty, melodic, a heap of fun. Surprisingly well produced, sounding modern, crisp and well-layered

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Thu Jan 13 2022
3

Look like some swollen dorky dudes, but I didn’t mind this album’s roughness and intensity

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Fri Jan 14 2022
3

Not bad

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Thu Jan 27 2022
3

Hi- Personality Crisis, Vietnamese Baby, Trash Not bad, fun, and raucous...This is a sound that seems like it influenced The Clash and Murder City Devils.

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Sun Feb 13 2022
3

Underwhelmed at first - early tracks seemed like just good old rock and roll - not that much of a departure from, say, the Stones... but it grew on me as it progressed

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Thu Jan 27 2022
3

Hi- Personality Crisis, Vietnamese Baby, Trash Not bad, fun, and raucous...This is a sound that seems like it influenced The Clash and Murder City Devils.

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Fri Feb 18 2022
3

Decent glam art rock

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Thu Mar 03 2022
3

Raunchy and sloppy. Fun.

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Fri Mar 11 2022
3

Pretty good but I prefer the solo work of Sylvain Sylvain.

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Thu Mar 17 2022
3

I think this was my first time listening to New York Dolls, though the name was very familiar. Fun, boisterous glam-punk that kept me entertained. Was about to add something like 'decent but nothing revolutionary', but then I realised that it almost certainly was, at the time.

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Wed Mar 23 2022
3

it was okay

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Thu Mar 31 2022
3

It's not a great album is it? Very influential, but not one that I'm going to go back to and listen to regularly. I wish I could hear more of the guitars and less of the piano generally. Maybe I should look up some live shows.

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Mon Apr 04 2022
3

classic plata en ekkert fyrir mig í dag

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Sun Apr 10 2022
3

The album started off sounding like classic Rock'n'Roll with a little glam sprinkled in (think Rocky Horror Picture Show), but ended very much sounding like the Rolling Stones. It's good, but not great. 3/5.

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Mon Apr 18 2022
3

These dolls have balls, I’ll give them that. They’re alright, but when I need 70’s New York punk I’ll always prefer the Ramones.

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Tue Apr 26 2022
3

Pretty decent for a debut album

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Wed Apr 27 2022
3

Half really good, and the other half annoying as fuck. Liked Trash the most with Jet Boy close behind.

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Thu Apr 28 2022
3

It was ok

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Fri Apr 29 2022
3

A fine racuous rock record. There was nothing here that pushed you away, but there always wasn't anything amazingly catchy and exciting. It would seem the perfect band that would be an amazing live energy, but the album doesn't quite catch it the same way.

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Wed Jun 22 2022
3

Glad to have listened to New York Dolls so that I can say I have.

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Wed Jun 22 2022
3

I have heard of the New York Dolls, but I never bothered to give them a listen, just assuming that I wouldn't really be into them. Honestly, in my younger years, I probably wouldn't have even been all that interested in listening to the entire album. But today, I was surprised at how entertaining that I found them to be. Honestly, my tolerance for them is limited and I am not ready to jump on the fan-wagon, but I am glad I have now been properly introduced.

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Wed Jun 22 2022
3

Good

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Wed Jun 29 2022
3

Good album, holds up now, strong from start to finish though I preferred the first half.

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Wed Jun 29 2022
3

Not mind blowing, but pretty solid glam rock Favorites: "Personality Crisis", "Trash", "Jet Boy"

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Sun Jul 03 2022
3

good listen, nice and different punky piano, nice shame it’s not on apple music 7.1/10

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Thu Jul 14 2022
3

Great album!

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Sun Jul 24 2022
3

3.0⭐

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Sat Jul 30 2022
3

Productions alright. By no means a perfect album. There's some great tracks on it and you can see the influence on some great later bands that followed. Favourite tracks Jet Boy, Trash, Personality Crisis

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Tue Aug 02 2022
3

Decent pink influencing music

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Tue Aug 02 2022
3

Listened to on 8/2/22 3/5 Favorite song: Personality Crisis Big 70s fluffy hair banging energy - a few songs were great but the latter part of the album was too chaotic for my taste. Personality crisis was 10/10 though

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Tue Aug 02 2022
3

Sounds like a mix of punk and Billy Joel style piano riffs. Kind of Rolling Stones-esque too. Saved "Trash" to my spotify and giving it a 2nd listen. Good overall!

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Wed Aug 10 2022
3

Okay. Nothing stood out for me.

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Wed Aug 10 2022
3

Nothing special; it was alright but most songs kind of blended together and sounded the same. But decent.

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Wed Aug 10 2022
3

The songs blended together, still a decent listen.

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Sun Aug 14 2022
3

This was a grower for me. When I first heard this album over a year ago, I hated it. I never liked the glam rock genre besides Roxy Music and T Rex (and even those took a few listens for me to appreciate). I just clicked like on "Personality Crisis" and moved on. But after listening to punk albums, Spotify would automatically spam "Trash" in my "related songs" and eventually I started to really like it. I played the album a few more times over the year, and even played their sequel "Too Much Too Soon" and actually enjoyed it. Maybe it was too hyped up as the universally agreed best proto-punk album. Maybe I'm used to glam rock or this group, but I genuinely enjoy most of the songs now. The chords are simple, tending to repeat themselves, which is very similar to the minimalism of punk. The lead vocalist is by far the highlight, yelling into the mic and exploding in energy and personality. A very fun listen, and I could hear his voice being used in less spontaneous genres like post-punk. Their appearance and sound is reminiscent of the hair metal groups that would follow over a decade later, so they're influential to more than just punk. Objectively speaking, only maybe 3 or 4 songs are genuinely good all throughout. For most of the songs, there's equally stuff that I like as much as stuff I dislike, usually in regards to the uninspired generic rock sound. Many of the solos are just a bore. But if you just think about it like rocking out to a bunch of rockstars playing whatever the hell they feel like, it can actually be a very fun experience to dance and sing to. I will replay this album if I'm looking for this specific sound and mood. Favorites: Personality Crisis, Lonely Planet Boy, Frankenstein, Trash, Subway Train

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Mon Aug 22 2022
3

Punky!

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Tue Aug 23 2022
3

Was alright. Definitely hear the Stone’s influence.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
3

Very glam punk fun

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Sun Aug 28 2022
3

Decent and typical punk rock album without any highlights or standout moments

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