Friday, June 19, 2009

On my turntable: New York Dolls - 'Cause I Sez So

'Cause I Sez So (2009) reunites a revamped New York Dolls (featuring the only surviving original members, David Johansen and Sylvain Sylvain) with producer Todd Rundgren, who produced the band's first album thirty-six years ago. The outcome of the collaboration is quickly recognizable as the same legendary sound that played such a significant role in the punk-rock and glam movements of the 70's.

While the Dolls' 2006 comeback album, One Day it Will Please Us To Remember Even This, was a spirited effort, this new LP is much more focused and consistent. If the Dolls were never to make another record, 'Cause I Sez So would stand as a powerful bookend to a legendarily, albeit tragically flawed, career.

Here is a great live television performance of the album's title track:

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