Friday, March 23, 2012

The Bangles - Different Light

This album is a varied affair. There is plenty of great 60s-esque classic Bangles pop on the record in songs like "If She Knew What She Wants" and the Big Star cover "September Gurls." The album also features the biggest sellout of the classic Bangles sound in "Walk Like an Egyptian." Oh, and let's not forget Prince's contribution in the excellent "Manic Monday."

Anyway, "Walk Like an Egyptian" sounds stuck in the 80s and is exactly as gimmicky as it has ever been. It wasn't a great song in the day (even though it was received as one) and it has become less so over time. The pure Bangles pop that shines through on this album sounds so fresh it could have been recorded yesterday. This album clearly tells the tale of commercialism intruding into the career of The Bangles. I get the feeling this album would have been much better if The Bangles just did what the did on their debut EP.

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