Doll By Doll ‎– Remember

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K 56618 Doll By Doll Remember(LP, Album) Automatic Record Co. K 56618 UK 1979 Sell This Version
K 456618, K456618 Doll By Doll Remember(Cass, Album) Automatic Record Co., Automatic Record Co. K 456618, K456618 1979 Sell This Version
WB 56 618, K 56618 Doll By Doll Remember(LP, Album) Automatic Record Co., Warner Bros. Records WB 56 618, K 56618 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
K 56618 Doll By Doll Remember(LP, Album) Automatic Record Co. K 56618 UK 1979 Sell This Version
QBS 4905 Doll By Doll Remember(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records QBS 4905 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
K 56618 Doll By Doll Remember(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records K 56618 New Zealand 1979 Sell This Version
K 56618 Doll By Doll Remember(LP, Album, Fol) Automatic Record Co. K 56618 Europe 1979 Sell This Version
WB 56 618 , K 56618 Doll By Doll Remember(LP, Album, W/Lbl) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records WB 56 618 , K 56618 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
5144203192 Doll By Doll Remember(CD, Album, RE) Warner Music UK Ltd. 5144203192 UK 2007 Sell This Version

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June 24, 2017
referencing Remember, CD, Album, RE, 5144203192
There's a case to be made for these guys as the British equivalent of Television, the great American band of the same era. I wouldn't want to push the comparison too far, but to some extent it holds water, especially in regards to the first two TV albums: the intertwining (and very competent) dual guitar attack, the jagged edges tempered with unexpected doo-wop sweetness, the inspired use of dynamics and poetic imagery, the ambivalent relationship to punk. But whereas TV singer Tom Verlaine tended to be somewhat reserved and emotionally remote, Doll by Doll's Jackie Leven holds nothing back.

If there is anything to complain about here it might be inconsistency. "Butcher Boy," "More Than Human," and "Palace of Love" are absolutely brilliant. The latter two especially are so powerful that maybe it isn't fair to expect the rest of the songs to match them. That kind of intensity can only be sustained (or endured) for so long, after all. But they shine so brightly that the rest of the songs - which are perfectly good, solid songs otherwise - seem rather tame and conventional in comparison. For me this makes the experience of the album as a whole slightly disappointing; I find myself waiting for the high points and ignoring (or skipping past) the rest. But those three songs alone are enough to justify this band's existence and make their first album worth having for anyone interested in edgy music that never quite fit the Punk mold.