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  • Summary: The second album since the band returned in 2006 was produced by their first producer, Todd Rundgren.
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  1. It’s just solid, classic Dolls, with all the swagger, muscle, righteous kitsch, and ballsy defiance you expect, plus some new twists.
  2. ’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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Even if the strut is more tentative and the recollections come with a twinge of regret, Cause I Sez So is certainly one for the ages.
  6. Aside from a couple of visceral rockers like the title track and Better Than You, Cause is dominated by mid-tempo blues jams.
  7. No such luck on 'Cause I Sez So, an album that, despite a few bright spots, is too flimsy and forgettable to honor the Dolls' legacy.

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