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'Cause I Sez So

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The New York Dolls have reunited with Todd Rundgren, producer of their influential 1973 debut, to record their fourth studio album, 'Cause I Sez So, on Atco Records. Recorded at Utopia Sound Studio in Kauai, Hawaii, the album features original Dolls David Johansen (vocals) and Sylvain Sylvain (guitar) plus Steve Conte (guitar), Brian Delaney (drums), and Sami Yaffa (bass). The 12-song track list features 11 original compositions, including the first single ' 'Cause I Sez So' and a new version of 'Trash,' which was on their 1973 debut album. 'It was amazing working with Todd again, and I think we were able to evoke the special sound of our first album and drag it by the hair into the present,' says frontman Johansen..


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  • Audio CD (May 5, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atco
  • ASIN: B001W2HYWW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,054 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Daniel S. Hooley on May 7, 2009
Format: Audio CD
If The Rolling Stones made an album as good as the reunited NY Dolls` "Cause I Sez So" in 2009, critics would be hailing "a triumphant return to form." It's an old-fashioned rock album in the sense that every song has its own distinct personality, and nearly very song burns itself onto your memory within seconds. Ahhhhh .... remember those days?

Some may still wonder how these five guys, led by the only two surviving original members, have a right to call themselves The New York Dolls without guitarist Johnny Thunders (1952-1991), whose signature buzzsaw sound helped define the band. Furthermore, many of the new songs, sung from the perspective of older, wiser men, lack the trash-and-glamor appeal of the first two classic albums from `73 and `74, so why bother?

But here's another question: Who knows how the Dolls would have sounded in 1976, 1977 or 1980 and beyond if they had chosen to stay together? Would they have begun to challenge themselves musically, as The Clash did on their third album "London Calling"? We'll never know, but the best clues - which point to "yes" -- can probably be found on Johansen's early solo albums of the late `70s.

Truth is, singer David Johansen and guitarist Syl Sylvain have every right to claim the legacy of the Dolls. When Thunders, bassist Arthur Kane and drummer Jerry Nolan left in 1975, they were replaced by three new guys, and the band soldiered on for a couple of years, during which time some songs emerged that ended up on Johansen's first solo album, which featured Sylvain. Those songs were very, how do you say, Dollsy.

The band has been reunited with three more new members since 2004 -- guitarist Steve Conte, bassist Sami Yaffa and drummer Brian Delaney.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Stewart on June 29, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Well they've done it again.The New York Dolls have delivered a(nother) new album of excellent material.They are doing what The Stones and Aerosmith should be doing at their age and better.Top rock'n'roll songs with a hint of the old punk rock edge of old but without pretension or over production. Check out the title track for example. Thats not to say that its all a one trick show,oh no. A surprising amount of this album is acoustic based and no spark is lost even though the volume is lowered. OK so maybe the previous release in '06 outshines this one for the moment its still almost certainly the best new release of 2009.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By CRH on May 5, 2009
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This release by the New York Dolls is a little mellower than than their previous outing but it works in a good way. While this record doesn't always follow the typical Dolls formula you hardly notice because the songs are so good and the raw production by Todd Rundgren is stellar. They don't make 'em like the Dolls anymore so enjoy them while they are still around.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence J. Simonutti on May 11, 2009
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The Dolls just keep getting better and better. I loved the first reunion cd and this one is even better. Fantastic lyrics with every musical style you can imagine. It keeps getting better with every listen. Be sure to see them live if you can and you will be blown away. Long live the Dolls!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dewey Gurall on July 22, 2009
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NEW YORK DOLLS- Cause I Sez So

The Dolls 2006 return, with the album ONE DAY IT WILL PLEASE US TO REMEMBER EVEN THIS, was a pleasant surprise; what it may have lacked in great songs and youthful exuberance,it more than made up for in spirit. It was a celebration of those who had survived and tribute to those who had not,band and fans alike.Live, they were even better. A second album, after a couple years of frequent gigging and with the great Todd Rundgren at the helm,held a lot of promise.

So the question is- how could things have gone so terribly wrong? By any standard you judge, this is a bad record. Oh,it starts off ok with the title track and "Muddy Bones", setting the table for a good, solid, sloppy, mid-tempo Rock and Roll record.Nothing earth-shattering, mind you, just good. But then, the whole thing takes a left turn and it never really comes back. "Better Than You" and "Lonely So Long" are mediocre ballads. "My World" sounds like something The Stones would have thrown away in 1966. "This is Ridiculous" seems more like a blues parody than the real thing. "Temptation To Exist" is a kind of Roy Orbison pastiche, and as such things go, it's a pretty good one. If it were amongst a bunch of rockers, it would be a pleasant respite. On this record, it's a highlight. But as David Johansen whistles the song's hook for the second or third time, you're left wondering just what they were thinking.

It's not until track #9, "Drowning", that any energy returns. The song itself is a bit of an Animals ripoff, but it's the first sign of life since track #2.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By marco on June 12, 2010
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This is a phenomenal album. Rarely are ALL the tracks this consistently entertaining on anyone's album. It seems to me that with the previous
"Somday it will please us..." they were paying too much lip service to the
legend. Here, they've decided, consciously or otherwise, to be who they are
NOW. And with a top notch producer, it shows. The only track that doesn't
wow me is the reggae version of "Trash"; more like filler, but not unlistenable. So the album is rootsy and bluesy and modern sounding, all at once. You won't waste a cent on this one. (I sprang for the version you can get at Best Buy with the freebie extra disc of live cuts of older songs--sorry Amazon!)
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