By David Sansoni
Artist: Doll Skin
Title: Manic Pixie Dream Girl
Label: EMP Label Group
Promotion: Rock‘N‘Growl Promotion
Genre: Punk Rock
Format: CD Album/Digital
Release Date: June 16th, 2017
Hailing from Phoenix, Arizona the rock quartet consists of Sydney Dolezal – Vocals, Alex Snowden – Guitars, Nicole Rich – Bass and Meghan Herring – Drums.
Hot on the heels of their successful 2016 debut album In Your Face (Again) which was produced by Megadeth’s Dave Eleffson, Doll Skin have hit the virtual shelves with their new album Manic Pixie Dream Girl with the production this time being handled by Cage9 frontman Evan Rodaniche.So how have the girls handled the pressure of writing the second difficult album.
The new record opens with Shut Up (You Miss Me) 2 minutes 49 seconds of energetic melodic pop punk which sets the tone for the album. The band have previously been described as a modern day version of the Go-Go’s or The Runaways but Sydney’s vocals sound more like a young Hayley Williams ( of Paramore for the younger reader ). The catchy tunes continue into track two’s Daughter and it’s not until the Road Killa you notice a change as the catchy melody collides with a heavier guitar delivered by Alex. Boy Band, Rubi and Sunflower bring no surprises delivered with the same sharpness and punching bass lines but that change of pace that the album needs hits us at the halfway point with Sweet Pea. The slowing down in pace and change of tempo that the album needs allows you to take a breather whereby you can grab a moment to fully appreciate Sydney’s amazing vocals. Baby’s Breath and Persephone continue at where Rubi left off. Puncha Nazi is an all out Punk track in the good old fashioned sense. A fast and furious driving beat that runs out of breath before the 2 minute mark which leads us into the records finale, Uninvited, the album’s surprise track. Starting slowly with an intro that could be likened to Iron Maidens Hallowed Be Thy Name, the track eases through the first 1 minute 50 seconds until Alex’s guitars raise the game. You could be forgiven for thinking of Alanis Morissette’s finer moments as the track progresses.
Manic Pixie Dream Girl is Doll Skin doing what Doll Skin do. There are no album fillers here. Each track deserves its place on the record. This is a strong follow up to 2016’s In Your Face (Again).
There are highlights here. The opening track Shut Up (You Miss Me) track 7, Sweet Pea and the closing track Uninvited. Pressure handled.
Review over, now time to sit back and listen to the album as a fan.