Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Let's hope we don't have to wait until 2040 for something else this good.
  2. It's the kind of rollicking, party-rockin' fandango which, genuinely, nobody has the spirit or wit to put together these days.
  3. 88
    Fans will love it; hipster kids can hear what the Strokes would sound like if they suddenly had the subtlety bludgeoned out of them. [#21, p.100]
  4. If you're heavily invested in the Dolls mythos... you'll be disappointed.... Still, One Day pleases us, especially since Johansen, Syl, and the new Dollettes don't try to replicate the old sound but opt for the rowdy professionalism of Johansen's '70s/'80s solo efforts.
  5. This first new Dolls album in 32 years is not just a legitimate entry in their catalog, it's a great one.
  6. 80
    From the orgiastic "We're All In Love" to the painfully mortal "Take a Good Look at My Good Looks," they're all clearly Dolls for life. [Aug 2006, p.113]
  7. 80
    It kicks ass. [Aug 2006, p.99]
  8. 80
    What's most remarkable is just how like the old Dolls this new record sounds. [Aug 2006, p.92]
  9. 80
    [A] striking return to form. [Aug 2006, p.82]
  10. If it's not quite a triumph, it's challenging and ambitious stuff that rocks on out and doesn't tarnish the memory of what Johansen and Sylvain accomplished so many years ago.
  11. It has fire in its belly and an admirable abandon and as a whirlwind tour of rock'n'roll decadence it makes, say, Jet look like the fey, foppish tourists they are.
  12. [They] have honed the legendary mania of the early records into a tightened combustion that is part "Personality Crisis" but also packs the matured anxiety and tattered-Sixties classicism of Johansen's 1978 solo debut. [24 Aug 2006, p.90]
  13. Remember's strength is in its time-warp atmosphere. [Sep 2006, p.228]
  14. One Day is a rollicking carnival ride that turns its off-the-cuff attitude into something approaching transcendence.
  15. A career highlight. [Sep 2006, p.109]
  16. The Dolls' capacity for romance and nostalgia has matured - even if they haven't.
  17. So no shocker then that One Day sounds less the work of punk provocateurs than a Keith Richards solo album: grizzled rock vets backed by a nominally gritty if too-well-rehearsed troupe of young(er) hired guns.
  18. While One Day is a passable throwback rock recrod, it doesn't rise to the level of a true celebration of the Doll's legacy. [Sep 2006, p.80]
  19. All the reckless abandon the New York Dolls name conjures, the spontaneous handclaps, sloppy guitar-slashing and youthful over-indulgence that made those early Dolls recordings such a kick are sadly nowhere to be found here.
  20. A band that is only one-third New York Dolls--no matter how good their intentions--still sounds like it.
  21. What's left of the genius glam-punksters has returned in the guise of an above-average pub-rock band. [22 Jul 2006, p.31]
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. WilsonS
    Sep 30, 2006
    10
    This is astonishingly good, an amazing accomplishment.
  2. ToddW
    Sep 27, 2006
    3
    It's a story as old as rock-n-roll. Boys meet each other; Boys form band; Band gets discovered; Band gets friggin' huge; Boys It's a story as old as rock-n-roll. Boys meet each other; Boys form band; Band gets discovered; Band gets friggin' huge; Boys succumb to offstage temptations; Lifestyle vagaries kill some boys; Band disbands; Survivors reform band years later; Reformed band releases new album; Album sucks. See Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Who, The Doors, Queen, Chicago, INXS, The Grateful Dead, and even The Beatles (who pitifully and greedily released two John Lennon outtakes under the guise of new music). Such is also the sad story of the "new" New York Dolls. Once the kick-ass toast of the soft white underbelly of New York City, their latest is not even in the same zip code as their epic debut or Too Much Too Soon. Oh, I forgot one final chapter in the sad story. Dead members roll over in their graves. One day it will please me to forget all about this. Full Review »
  3. poisono
    Sep 17, 2006
    10
    I give it a 10 because there's true joy on this disc - even if it's a "maimed happiness". It's the most good-naturedly I give it a 10 because there's true joy on this disc - even if it's a "maimed happiness". It's the most good-naturedly ridiculous thing I've seen in years! The companion DVD (included) is worth the price on its own. I never paid any attention to the Dolls back when they were being heavily promoted by Cleveland's WMMS due to the fag nature of the band, but time wounds all (high) heels, and the two surviving members have matured, and beautifully, too. It sounds like a cross between the Stones and the J. Geils Band, with a little of The Boss and The Ramones thrown in, none of which is surprising - in other words, it's the first guitar rock album out of New York in a helluva long time! Give Syl credit for honing his guitar chops over the years - this guy really knows his rhythm guitar! It may sound like 3-chord rock, but there's a lot of solid theory in what he's doing with that big shiny Rickenbacker guitar. And Johanson is one of the very few baritones left who can put a song across - this was the downfall of Eric Burdon & the Animals, and Keith Relf of the Yardbirds. JoJo does in fact sound like Keith Richards when he wants to, but at least he's not permanently stuck in the vocal gravel pit. And finally, give Jack Douglas credit for producing and mixing the album - it's not quite as punchy on the low end as we've come to expect these days, but it's a very listenable, seamless mix. Let's all hope they follow this up with more, and at least as good! Full Review »