michael gallucci


In Uncategorized on 05/11/2009 at 4:39 am

New York Dolls

‘Cause I Sez So


The second album by the reunited New York Dolls picks up where One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This left off: a little bit south of the blazing trashy glam-punk they helped invent 35 years ago. Unlike 2006’s surprisingly sturdy comeback record, ‘Cause I Sez So deliberately swings old-school, with Todd Rundgren – who produced the band’s 1973 self-titled debut – behind the boards. Plus, there’s a soggy reworking of one the Dolls’ signature songs. It’s all kinda nostalgic for the wrong reasons. If One Day … was a declaration of relevance after three decades MIA, then ‘Cause I Sez So is a glassy-eyed gaze at what made the Dolls so relevant in the first place. Sometimes it works: The title tune is a twin-guitar strut complete with one of those everybody-now! singalongs the band fired up back in the day. And the sugary “Lonely So Long” keenly nods to the band’s girl-group influences. But the self-referential “Nobody Got No Bizness” and the reggaefied take on the debut’s “Trash” sputter out almost immediately. Meanwhile, Rundgren’s production, pretty much nonexistent on the great 1973 record, gives David Johansen’s phlegmy voice more prominence in the mix than it deserves. Tattered, weathered, and still defiant after all these years, it’s an integral part of the New York Dolls’ mythos. But it’s also a reminder that it ain’t 1973 anymore. –Michael Gallucci


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