Those lucky enough to catch the legendary New York Dolls at the Granada the last time they visited Dallas were treated to a hell of a show. Even though the band is down to two original members (vocalist David Johnasen and guitarist Syl Sylvain, both in their '60s), the band never-the-less kicked serious ass, blazing through its classic '70s glam material as well as new stuff that was almost as good.
Thank goodness that this most unlikely of reunions appears to be still going strong. 'Cause I Sez So, the reformed Dolls' second effort, is even better than 2006's One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This. Produced by Todd Rundgren (who produced the original band's 1973 debut), the new album packs the same punch as One Day, but offers a bit of the diversity that was a hallmark of Johansen's solo material.
Cuts like the poppy "Lonely So Long," the bluesy "Nobody Got No Bizness" and a top-notch ballad called "Temptation to Exist" show the reconstituted band actually growing instead of just treading water.
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