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New York Dolls

New York Dolls

1973

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New York Dolls

Rating

3.07

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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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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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4

this slaps hard. good one!

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COOL GLAM

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5

Listened twice

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Who knew Americans could do punk?

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5

great stuff, great hair

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10!

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5

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

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HY!

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mid-70's Big Hair Rock & Roll

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5

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

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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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5

Wasn't expecting this. Absolute rammer

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5

Nice 70s rock vibes

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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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5

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

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5

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

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

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4

I like Glam-Rock!

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Early NYC punk from 1973

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4

Another really good punk album by one of the originals.

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Fun

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

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4

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

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

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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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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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4

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

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4

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

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Cool and edgy

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Pretty good listen!

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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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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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cooler Punk Rock

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

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

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

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

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glam

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Wham bam thank you glam

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

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

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This one could grow on me. Already enjoy it.

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Good listen.

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

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

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Not too bad party music!

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

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Had to be there!

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

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

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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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Kinda like the ramones... Kinda

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7.5

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Personality Crisis was the only memorable track on this one.

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

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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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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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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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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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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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3/5 interesting tracks, but eventually no

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Glam rock? It’s ok but not for long

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A little aggressive for the night vibes but lots of energy

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

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pas desagreable a écouter ces petasses, 3/5

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Gut hörbarer Rock

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Punk rock al más viejo puro estilo.

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Better than expected

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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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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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Not my favorite but good music.

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Was ok

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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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ok

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Not bad, but probably wouldn’t listen again

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

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not my kind of thing but not too bad.

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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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It was okay.

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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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OK, but not as good as the Stooges

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De rock is goed maar ik word er eigenlijk gek van

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honky tonk ACDC?

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Oke tof!

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

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

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

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Not bad

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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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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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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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3

Decent glam art rock

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Raunchy and sloppy. Fun.

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

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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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it was okay

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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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classic plata en ekkert fyrir mig í dag

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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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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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3

Pretty decent for a debut album

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

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It was ok

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Fairly one dimensional. Singers awful. I guess you need to be invested in the whole sleazy New York punk vibe!

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I can see the significance but I don't think this has aged as well as say The Stooges's stuff.

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not a huge fan of the sound. maybe they were pioneers, but that aint for me brug

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Some okay songs, some bad ones. Not really my type of music.

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ok i guess. proto punk

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Meh

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really didn't do anything for me

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Emt, semitråkigt Classic rock men mycket generic kändes det som

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sounds like an overproduced Ramones.

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not a huge fan of this band. lyrics were not intriguing but musically a few songs were good.

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Generic music, annoying vocals.

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tunes are good

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Has aged badly

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4/10 Mind-numbingly mediocre.

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The rendition of Someone's in the Kitchen with Dinah was .. weird? 4

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why was this on the last :/ mediocre hard rock w bad lyrics and singing. 4/10

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No good.

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Not what I expected. It started off well but got a bit boring half way through.

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noisy

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Couldn’t really get into this one bar the few songs I knew

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Glam rock

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Descrevem a banda como punk antes de existir punk, realmente é muito visível isto. Sente-se o punk na música, a simplicidade, a repetição, o chato... É que punk é sempre punk, igual e sem piada. O álbum parece ser um bocado mais complexo que um álbum de punk comum. Mas Deus meu, como soa e transpira punk este álbum. As melhores músicas do álbum são o o Frankenstein e o pills. A nota poderá ser injusta, visto que está a ser influenciada pela exposição excessiva a punk, já não tenho pachorra para isto. Nota:4/10

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LES GOOOOOO! Right from the get-go, very energetic and fun. Still not the best album at all 2/5

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I listened to 2 songs and got bored. Listened to the Smiths instead.

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Eh ok. Early punk rock. Not really for me.

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Not a fan at all. I wanted to hurry up and get through this album asap. Overall, the album was just boring to me. Nothing stood out as something I’d want to hear again or was particularly unique. Personality Crisis wasn’t too bad. It sounded like something I’d hear on the classic rock station, but wouldn’t think to add it to my playlist. Frankenstein wasn’t too bad. I liked most of it except the vocals. He sounded drunk and sloppy. Wasn’t feeling that at all. Trash is the first song so far in which I like the vocals. I actually kind’ve like Bad Girl a lot. Song is easy to follow and vocals are good.

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Meh, not for me.

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idk man

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Interesting missing link between the stones and punk rock

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I did not like this album. The instrumentation was good in parts, but the lyrics and voices just weren't for me. I'll give it 2 stars, but it's basically a 1.5.

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I get that this is pushing things forward in 1974. A steppingstone between Glam and Punk. Just didn’t enjoy listening to it.

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Ei mun juttu, mut meni

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Mikä laulaen tulee se viheltäen menee. Melkosta rallattaelua.

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leuk maar niet wauw

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tråkigt

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didn't listen to much but what i did made me cringe it's sort of hair metal like not proper punk or anything ...

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Ik hoor het niet…

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A bit annoying, but quality wise is not that bad

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woah this seems very ahead of its time. I would have guessed glam rock. Not an album I need to listen to again, but nice for a first listen.

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Please like this shit?

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Meh

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i’m kind of burnt out on punk at this point, not sure i took the time with this album that i should have

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A few good tracks but I’m a bit burnt out on punk

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Not for me.

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No

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I just didn't like this. Not my thing.

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Bryr mig verkligen inte om det här? Does not spark joy

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Listening to the album from the perspective of almost 50 years later, it's hard to find much in the way of special there. There’s not even a single redeeming song.

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Eine weitere ganz und gar überflüssige Platte mit uninspiriertem Songwriting, dass keiner braucht.

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