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Cause I Sez So

American standard-bearers for glam rock and important precursors to punk rock, The New York Dolls reunited (at the personal request of longtime fan Morrissey) nearly three decades after their early-1970s heyday. Original Dolls David Johansen and Syl Sylvain still have all the sass and swagger of their prime on “Cause I Sez So”. Todd Rundgren had helmed the band’s debut and returns in the same capacity for this 2009 Atco album, helping the quintet push its sonic envelope a bit beyond the Stonesy racket of yore.

The reconstituted New York Dolls stack up awfully well against the original Seventies band, whose glam rock inspired thousands of acts. This Todd Rundgren-produced follow-up to the Dolls‘ fine 2006 comeback features new moves like reggae and Latin-tinged balladry. But the selling points are its Stones-y propulsion and the nuanced vigor of David Johansen. The singer delivers singalong choruses in his New Yawk bark, sweetly praises a lover who “treats [him] like a maharajah” and, on the funked-out “Let’s Get Radiant,” delivers the perfect middle-aged-rocker line: “If we don’t come back, call us on the Ouija board.”

A reggae-tinged reworking of their ’70s classic “Trash” may be the most striking example of this, but the beautiful pop melody of “Lonely So Long” and the propulsive R&B of “Nobody Got No Bizness” show the Dolls can wear any style and make it look great.

So give “Cause I Sez So” another spin in memory of the band’s drummer Jerry Nolan, who passed away on this day in 1992.