Album Review:Queen of Pain by Devil Doll

Album Name: Queen of Pain
Artist: Devil Doll
Year/Label: 2002 / Lucky Bluebird Records

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Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds

Colleen Duffy a.k.a Devil Doll is a unique artist…and I don’t use that in the way that someone uses that term when they don’t want to say something unkind. She really is unique. And great! Though her sound sometimes is reminiscent of Joan Jett and sometimes Jill Tracy, her sound is all her own.

She mixes piano with saxophone and strong percussion to create songs that have a cocktail loungy sound. (especially on Bourbon in Your Eyes)

This CD is not for children, however (sweeeeet!). In her note she says she is “all about putting sex back into rock and roll” and has great use of the effenheimer on track one, St. Christopher.

Driven to Distraction sounds like a combination of Madness and No Doubt.

If you put Joan Jett, Jill Tracy, Squirrel Nut Zippers, No Doubt, Madness and your old cocktail lounge music in a blender, you’d have Devil Doll. This is a great, fun CD!

Posted on March 20, 2002

Track Listing
Listen to track samples
1. St. Christopher
2. You the Best Thing and the Worst Thing
3. Heart Sized Crush
4. It Was Raining
5. King of Brooklyn
6. 16 Days
7. Walk with Me
8. Things You Make Me Do
9. Faith in Love
10. Bourbon in Your Eyes
11. Driven to Distraction
12. Liquor Store
13. Queen of Pain
14. You Put a Spell on me
15. Union Square
16. Left
17. Why
18. If I Died in Your Arms

[Devil Doll Official Site]

Comments:

Rating: 5 Stars
Comment: LOVE the CD….BUT I just caught her live last night at the Bamboo Room in Florida. Zow, the band was tight, the attitude was so right, the Devil Doll had her full strut on display. This band is not to be missed should they come anywhere near your area. Worhty of a road trip. Can’t wait for the arrival of Eve.
name: Albert on Thursday, October 13, 2005

Rating: 5 Stars
Comment: LOOOOVVVEEE this. I am so addicted! Nothing else sounds half as good to me right now!
name: jennifer on Sunday, October 2, 2005

Rating: 5 Stars
Comment: Best CD I bought in a decade. Once in a lifetime experience, truly original sound/concept executed flawlessly with impecable style. Another one of these and I’m ready to worship the ground she walks on… One very good reason to visit states, I might add.
Mr T on Saturday, July 2, 2005

Rating: 5 Stars
Comment: I was browsing in the record store looking for some new CD’s. I cam across a beauty on the cover and decided to purchase it. I was amazed at the rang of sounds from the band and her voice. It mixes everthing that I love, swing, blues, Zazz and a little rock. He makes me want to be like her. Its awesome. YOU MUST spend atleast just a little bit of change on this amazing album, you wont regret it. I know I haven’t taken it out of my car CD changer in 5 months. ENJOY!
Nina on Thursday, September 30, 2004

Rating: 5 Stars
Comment: Absolutley amazing! I’am completely addicted to her CD, her voice- beautiful. Her music- no comparison. Fabulous!
~ Calla on Thursday, August 12, 2004

Rating: 5 Stars
Comment: Instantly became my favorite CD. Devil Doll is an intoxicating blend of tough-as-nails girl punk and sultry,sexy,jazzy,late at night lounge music. Colleen Duffy is an amazing vocalist who could sing the phone book and make it suductive. Devil Doll will be in my hometown (Detroit) this Saturday night and I will be in first row. BUY THIS CD!
by Brad on Friday, July 23, 2004

Rating: 5 Stars
This Cd has a song for every mood and feeling!! Anyone and everyone who has lived at least a little should be able to identify with at least a few songs. She will make you addicted like a drug, and you’ll want to keep coming back for more! If ever you were looking for a wonderful female artist with alot offeeling and honesty – this would be the Cd! With the class of Patsy Cline and the harsh truth of Johnny Rotten! As well as the style and heart of Billy Holiday. She is a singer you will never forgett!!!!!
~Brandi

Rating: 5 Stars
Love the CD. My friend Laura and I are trying to find concert dates for Devil Doll. Is she playing anywhere?

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