Album: New York Dolls, Cause I Sez So, (Atco)

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The reunited proto-punk legends are now on their second album of new material since their Morrissey-inspired comeback. The first, 2006's One Day It Will Please Us..., was better than it had any right to be.

Cause I Sez So lacks the surprise factor, but the same applies. Tousle-topped guitarist Sylvain Sylvain and gatemouthed singer David Johansen seldom deviate too far from the original Dolls trash-glam formula (Ronettes via Stooges, roughly). And why would they?

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