One-Eyed Doll is made up of just two people: Kimberly (vocals/guitar) and Junior (drums). They’ve been around for several years now, but it wasn’t until a few months ago that I started listening to them – and I’ve been hooked ever since.
The album Monster was originally recorded in 2008 with Junior as producer, in his modest bedroom studio. A year later, Junior joined the band, and with Monster becoming what many consider the definitive One-Eyed Doll album filled with fan favourites, it was only right to re-record with Junior on drums.
The polish and production values are a definite improvement from the 2008 release, with Monster (ReMonstered) now being on par with the standard that One-Eyed Doll are at now. While the quality has improved, it is not over-produced, so it is still the Monster we all know and love, just sounds crisper.
Elements have also been added to a few songs giving them a brand new feeling, and One-Eyed Doll recorded their very first cover song, “I Am A Viking” by Yngwie Malmsteen as a bonus track. “Be My Friend” is noticeably different with colourful asides from Kimberly as she comments on moments in the song.
One-Eyed Doll’s version of “I Am A Viking” has a more ’80s synthpop/electronica feel than the power metal original, which makes it such a great cover. It would just be weird if One-Eyed Doll busted out a full-on power metal tune, and a carbon copy would just boring.
One-Eyed Doll are one of the most interesting bands I’ve heard in awhile. Having a rather bi-polar personality they go from sincere, serious tracks (“Brief Candle”, “Pretty Song”, “Monster”) to fun, almost manic songs (“Be My Friend”, “PAO”, “We’re One-Eyed Doll”). That is one of the things I love about One-Eyed Doll, you just never really know what to expect, or what they’ll hit you with. “Bullimia” could fit in the manic song category, but is about a serious subject. The lyrics are both funny, yet confronting. One-Eyed Doll are masters at making you feel uncomfortable, while having fun. It can be a bit of a mind-fuck, though a good one.
Monster (ReMonstered) may just be an old album remastered, but it’s worth it. Fans will love hearing polished versions of their favourites, and it is a great place for any new fans to start.
One-Eyed Doll recently released a music video for “Be My Friend”, which can be viewed below.