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Released: Oct. 18, 1988

Rating: 3.420 (average of 9 ratings)

Genre: pop

Quotable: “Allowed the Bangles a shade more freedom and autonomy than Different Light.” – Mark Deming, All Music Guide

Album Tracks:

  1. In Your Room
  2. Complicated Girl
  3. Bell Jar
  4. Something to Believe In
  5. Eternal Flame
  6. Be with You
  7. Glitter Years
  8. I’ll Set You Free
  9. Watching the Sky
  10. Some Dreams Come True
  11. Make a Play for Her Now
  12. Waiting for You
  13. Crash and Burn

Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only 1.0
sales in U.K. only - estimated 0.3
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 1.3


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 15
peak on U.K. album chart 5

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • In Your Room (10/15/88) #5 US, #35 UK, #5 MR
  • Eternal Flame (2/4/89) #1 US, #1 UK, #1 AC, sales: 0.5 m, air: 1.0 m
  • Be with You (5/8/89) #29a US, #23 UK
  • I’ll Set You Free (10/14/89) #74 UK

1986’s Different Light “elevated the Bangles to pop stardom, but at a price – it was a significantly less interesting and cohesive album than their debut, All Over the Place, and the production as well as the addition of outside musicians and songwriters robbed the group of a great deal of its fire and personality.” MD

“In many respects, 1988’s Everything was more of the same, but success seems to have emboldened the Bangles just a bit – while producer Davitt Sigerson still keeps the sound slick and radio-ready and a flock of guest musicians were brought in for the sessions, the album’s approach seems less inclined to smother the group’s identity, and the West Coast garage and folk-rock accents of their earlier work come back into the picture, albeit in muted form.” MD

“A number of outside songwriters were brought in to work up material for Everything, but each of them collaborated with at least one member of the group, and while it’s anyone's guess how Vinnie Vincent was tapped for this project, the songs suit the group better than, say, ‘Manic Monday’ or ‘Walk Like an Egyptian.’ Complicated Girl, Be with You, and Some Dreams Come True are fine songs and strong performances if you can look past the studio gingerbread.” MD

“While Susanna Hoffs was positioned front and center on the album’s two singles, Eternal Flame and In Your Room, they at least suited her vocal style and the latter is an irresistibly hooky rocker. Glitter Years is a fun and high-kicking salute by Michael Steele to her days in the Runaways, and if the Bangles had to have another guitarist imposed upon them, David Lindley was a far better match than most.” MD

“In many respects, Everything is a work dominated by compromises, but at the very least it allowed the Bangles a shade more freedom and autonomy than Different Light, and of the two it’s easily the better album, though it still falls well short of the promise of their first recordings.” MD

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previous album: Different Light (1986) next album: Susanna Hoffs’ ‘When You’re a Boy’ (1991)

In Your Room

Eternal Flame

Be With You

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Last updated February 3, 2011.