NEW YORK DOLLS : In Too Much Too Soon LP

NEW YORK DOLLS : In Too Much Too Soon LP

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After the clatter of their first album failed to bring them a wide audience, the New York Dolls hired producer Shadow Morton to work on the follow-up, Too Much Too Soon. The differences are apparent right from the start of the ferocious opener, “Babylon.” Not only are the guitars cleaner, but the mix is dominated by waves of studio sound effects and female backing vocals. Ironically, instead of making the Dolls sound safer, all the added frills emphasize their gleeful sleaziness and reckless sound. the Dolls sound on the verge of falling apart throughout the album, as Johnny Thunders and Syl Sylvainrelentlessly trade buzz-saw riffs while David Johansen sings, shouts, and sashays on top of the racket. Band originals — including the bluesy raver “It’s Too Late,” the noisy girl-group pop of “Puss N’ Boots,” and the Thunders showcase “Chatterbox” — are rounded out by obscure R&B and rock & roll covers tailor-made for the group