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7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 17 out of 22
  2. Negative: 3 out of 22

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  1. BradleyW
    Jul 26, 2006
    10
    Pay attention Iggy & Mick, David Jo can show you how grow old with balls & real old-school bluster. Simply put Johansen is the real shit & that's what shines thru on this disc.
  2. PhilC
    Aug 10, 2006
    9
    Not a re-hash of old tunes but a fun resume of things 'to dig'. A tongue in cheek swipe. Fresh, well put together......The Dolls are back, and let us hope for a little longer this time. We neeed more of this stuff..( But please can someone ask David to run with the Harry Smiths sometime). Loosen up everybody..this is fun. Excellent stuff.
  3. PaulH.
    Jul 24, 2006
    0
    Jeez, this is seriously the worst shit of the year. Anyone who buys into this wants way-too-hard to believe that the Dolls are back and still got. But I've said it once, and I'll say it again....no Johnny Thunders! Exactly. AVOID!!!!!
  4. ErikS
    Jul 27, 2006
    9
    Much better than expected...
  5. thehuman
    Jul 27, 2006
    7
    Nobody asked for this but here it is. If you can forgive Johansen for Buster Poindexter have at it, it's as good as any of their other records. 2006 is probably not the best time to remind folks that your band is pretty much responsible for The Strokes.
  6. Spider
    Jul 26, 2006
    6
    Goes to show that heroin has been responsible for some of the best rock music -- without it (in the form of Thunders and Nolan), this isn't genius, but merely competent workmanlike stuff. Buy it anyway, as Sylvain and Johansen have been ripped off for years.
  7. ChadM
    Aug 28, 2006
    10
    This is the best album of the year, for the genre. It stays true to the old Dolls sound while expanding on it and making it sound fresh. This is going to be remembered as one of the better albums of 2006...critically, not commercially.
  8. 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 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 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! Expand
  9. WilsonS
    Sep 30, 2006
    10
    This is astonishingly good, an amazing accomplishment.
  10. Christian
    Sep 9, 2006
    9
    This is terrific stuff from a band too many have dismissed as just "real loud and fun." There's depth to be found in the ballads and good times to be discovered in the rockers, of which there are several. O.K., not everything's essential. A few songs could have been excluded and there wouldn't have been a loss, but on the whole, this is the punk-classic rock-jam collection This is terrific stuff from a band too many have dismissed as just "real loud and fun." There's depth to be found in the ballads and good times to be discovered in the rockers, of which there are several. O.K., not everything's essential. A few songs could have been excluded and there wouldn't have been a loss, but on the whole, this is the punk-classic rock-jam collection of the year. Tip to the band: Don't wait so long for a follow up! Expand
  11. DannyH
    Jul 24, 2006
    10
    A miracle
  12. TomFoolery
    Jul 26, 2006
    9
    Fantastic Album! I can't think of another band that could come back with an album like this after taking a 30 year hiatus. David comes out with the same flair and attitude of the first albums, and the guitars sound tight as ever. (RIP Johnny). The Killers and the Strokes could learn a thing or two froms these guys!
  13. thekid
    Aug 18, 2006
    9
    I'm lucky enough to have caught most of the lively incarnations of Mr. D. Jo - from his solo work, to the early days of Buster P. on 14th St. at the old Tramps playing 3 sets a night of blues, jazz and soul until everyone and their mother started to realize what a fantastic talent this mofo was (Brian Koonin of the new dolls played guitar for Buster P. and his Banshees of Blue). And I'm lucky enough to have caught most of the lively incarnations of Mr. D. Jo - from his solo work, to the early days of Buster P. on 14th St. at the old Tramps playing 3 sets a night of blues, jazz and soul until everyone and their mother started to realize what a fantastic talent this mofo was (Brian Koonin of the new dolls played guitar for Buster P. and his Banshees of Blue). And now David Jo and Sylvain have come full circle back to replant their roots with everything else they have experienced over the years thrown in for good measure. The music is catchy and relevant in a way that no "new" band out today can even compete with, and the lyrics come straight out of David's romantically twisted soul. This cd is an instant addition to anyone's top twenty great cds of the new century. Thanks boys! Expand
  14. Earlystorm
    Aug 24, 2006
    7
    A great surprise!
  15. 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 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 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. Expand
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. It's the kind of rollicking, party-rockin' fandango which, genuinely, nobody has the spirit or wit to put together these days.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.