Album Review :: Doll & The Kicks – ‘Show Your Bones: Live 2009’

After having it released from the captivity of the printers, Show Your Bones is finally here. As expected, it’s another great release from one of the UK’s most exciting unsigned acts.

Granted we’re only two months into 2010, but I’m sure Doll & The Kicks will be one of my favorite gig going experiences this year. For anyone who didn’t manage to catch them this time around the guys have released a new live album.

The nine-track disc, recorded during Morrissey’s Tour Of Refual, contains a lot of fan favourite tracks from their first release and three new ones.. The standout tracks have to be What Goes Around – one of the new ones, Roll Up The Red Carpet and If You Care (if you read my gig review, you’ll already know that’s a favorite of mine). The new material is great and it’s great to have songs like Fire, You Do It Better and, the aforementioned, What Goes Around available to listen to on the go.

As much as I like the album, it’s no replacement for seeing Doll & The Kicks in the flesh. I’ve already said that the band are at their best live and, although this is a good representation of that, the album just doesn’t have the same kind of energy that a DATK gig does. I’m not saying it’s bad. In fact, it’s far from that. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoy it. I just knew it would be hard to capture a live experience like this in a recording.

This a really good second release from Doll & The Kicks. It’s a good live album, but it fails to capture what it is that makes their gigs such a great experience. That’s not to say you shouldn’t buy this, in fact it’s quite the opposite. For fans of the band, this is a must buy and I strongly recommend it to those who’re just getting into them. It’s good to hear some of the new stuff outside of the gigs and well worth your money.


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