Volume 90, Issue 69

Tuesday, January 28, 1997



Brit band stands tall on debut

60 Ft Dolls
The Big 3
David Geffen Company

With a wailing guitar centred around harsh vocals that knock the British class system in "Happy Shopper," 60 Ft Dolls are not just another typical rock band. Instead, they are a collaboration of interests and genres colliding in an overpowering pop sensation, which for only three people, comes off amazingly.

The Welsh trio from Newport have spent a couple of years touring and opening for various bands to create a name and following that has allowed them to finally build up the confidence to release The Big 3, the band's debut. The album has already received illustrious acclaim for its edgy guitar style and pushy British vocals that emulate the greatness of The Clash. These qualities are combined with pop melodies that maintain an anthem-type sound.

"Loser" begins with a luscious, alluring vocal singing in conversation, but builds to a chorus with the snappy line: "God you know that everyone loves a loser." The punchy nature of the chorus is found in several other songs, though unlike most other punk bands, 60 Ft Dolls have a large range of melodies and ideas that hold the listener's interest long after the album is over.

"Pig Valentine" is confusing to interpret but this extremely-catchy piece seems to consider a past or present love, though the title would suggest the former.

The Dolls don't remain on the heavy-edged angle of all songs. An extremely stripped, lovestruck piece called "Hair" verges on typical North American mainstream rock. Whether this is a good or bad sign for future releases is unsure but the song maintains the excellence that is found on the rest of the album.

60 Ft Dolls prove on their first release that the most important thing is not how many members are creating the music but how big the sound is in the final product. With this in mind, three members makes for the perfect size.

–Jonathan Hale

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