Rolling Stone (1/23/97, p.67) - 3.5 Stars (out of 5) - "...a rock hybrid that fuses Beatlesque melodies with industrial-strength punk....60 Ft Dolls deliver well-worn rock tropes with an inspired conviction that shames the self-conscious smirks of other Brit poppers..."
Entertainment Weekly (1/31/97, p.59) - "...this hook-happy Welsh trio's debut ought to warm the hearts of power-pop-loving louts the world over....With their reckless enthusiasm and intuitive sense of songcraft, 60 Ft Dolls tower over the competition..." - Rating: A-
Melody Maker (12/21-28/96, pp.66-67) - Ranked #35 on Melody Maker's list of 1996's "Albums Of The Year."
Melody Maker (5/25/96, p.49) - Recommended - "...More songs about booze and cars and sex. But listen closer, and you'll hear words about duplicity, escape, consumerism, desperation, hatred, aspiration...Far from being witless hedonists, 60 Ft Dolls have created a surprisingly serious album..."
60 Ft Dolls: Richard John Parfitt (vocals, guitar); Mike Cole (vocals, bass); Carl Bevan (drums).
Producers: Al Clay, Jon Langford, 60 Ft Dolls, Richard Jackson.
Recorded at Rockfield Studio, Wales, United Kingdom.
Liner Note Author: Roy Wilkinson.
Photographer: Penny Smith.
If Rancid is the new Clash, Green Day the new Buzzcocks and Social Distortion the new Social Distortion, then 60 Ft Dolls are the new Jam. Not the post-Mod, blue-eyed soul Jam, but the three-chords-a-cloud-of-dust-and-a-hearty-heigh-o-silver Jam. The Welsh band's debut album is full of the kind of brash insouciance and anger-as-energy that makes school principals nervous the world over.
Later for subtlety; each track on THE BIG THREE starts out raging, ends up raging and rages in the middle. The astonishing thing is that even in this world of post-post-retro-neo-punk rehashes, it works. This is probably due to the sincerity of the band's intentions. It never seems as though the Dolls are trying to show the world how much they sound like the Jam's IN THE CITY; that's just what they sound like. It's a far cry from innovation, but it's heartfelt and exciting nonetheless.