Cause I Sez So

  • Record Label: Atco
  • Release Date: May 5, 2009

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. It’s just solid, classic Dolls, with all the swagger, muscle, righteous kitsch, and ballsy defiance you expect, plus some new twists.
  2. The fourth Dolls album and second of their second life is the first one that's less than epochal. Not all the tunes are surefire.
  3. ’Cause I Sez So isn’t on the same plane as the Dolls’ early work--referenced directly by a curious, slowed-down reggae lope through their self-titled debut’s 'Trash'--but it’s no embarrassment, either.
  4. Cause I Sez So is clearly David Johansen's album, and it's a great showcase for one of the great rock singers of his generation. But is it the New York Dolls? Well, that's what it says on the front cover, and if the sound is different, the "Whatsit to You?" spirit of this set is as keen as ever, and that counts for a lot with these guys.
  5. With a dual guitar attack that's resolutely old-school but lyrics that often take on contemporary subject matter, Sez So has heart, soul, and swagger to spare.
  6. The unlikely resurrection of the New York Dolls is solidified by this second recent album, an output that now matches in quantity and mirrors in quality their epic early-'70s sprint.
  7. Mojo
    Their second with this new line up comes up trumps again. [Jun 2009, p.104]
  8. 'Cause I Sez So is true to the album's title--cocky, purposefully cretinous and rude as hell.
  9. Now at ease with their legacy, the New York Dolls have allowed themselves to break free from the stifling constraints of their name. Even if the music’s a bit different, the spirit’s still there.
  10. Long shots this winning are rare, but 'Cause I Sez So pays off in spades.

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