Dancing Backward in High Heels


Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 3 out of 18
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  1. Mar 17, 2011
    Here, Dolls II make their move, surging forward while simultaneously nodding to a time that predates even that first über-influential incarnation.
  2. Mar 16, 2011
    This third comeback album unearths some of the band's less visible roots, in Broadway musicals, soul balladry, Stones-y orchestral pop and Fifties R&B.
  3. Mar 15, 2011
    Generational obligations aside, it would be dishonest to report that, aside maybe from one reggae track too many, they're in anything but top form.
  4. With new recruit Earl Slick on guitar they've made a third reunion album filled with ramshackle glam and girl-group trash, reverberating with street-corner romanticism and hard-won wisdom.
  5. Mar 11, 2011
    Featuring Farfisa, sax, strings, anything but loud guitar, Dancing Backwards doesn't even try, and that's its virtue.
  6. Entertainment Weekly
    Apr 8, 2011
    Every vocal shoo-bop and doo-lang is sweetly affecting, in a time-warped way. [18 Mar 2011, p.75]
  7. Mar 15, 2011
    The man of seemingly a thousand alter egos - including bawdy-yet-urbane uptown bandleader Buster Poindexter and grizzled old bluesman - Johansen weaves elements of his catholic musical tastes in with the brash Bowery-bred punk that's always been the heart of the Dolls' music.
  8. Mar 17, 2011
    The latest album from the resurrected version of seminal glam-punk band New York Dolls is a weird little gem full of vintage organ grooves, doo-wop harmonies and bluesy undertones.
  9. Dec 19, 2011
    While the New York Dolls struggled to balance past and present on their previous reunion albums, Dancing Backward in High Heels is a product of the here and now as defined by two guys following their muse in their own way, which is just what they should be doing at this stage of the game.
  10. 70
    The fact is, there's a vitality, a shamelessness, an energy retained throughout here that shows why they mattered so damn much, and why they shouldn't – and couldn't – ever consider doing anything else.
  11. Mar 15, 2011
    Under the lipstick and howling-Stones guitars, the Dolls always aspired to the rough-granite poise and battle lessons of great blues and soul.
  12. Mar 15, 2011
    The result might have been sharper if someone other than Louis XIV's Jason Hill produced it; his washed-out murk and puddles of reverb render the whole thing a mess. Luckily, there's just no stopping Johansen and Sylvain.

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