Cause I Sez So

Cause I Sez So is the fourth studio album (and second after their reunion) by the New York Dolls. It was released on May 5, 2009, by Atco Records. The album was produced by Todd Rundgren, who also produced their self-titled debut album. One of the songs, "Trash", is a reggae-style remake of a song that originally appeared on their debut album.[1] The album peaked at number 159 at the Billboard 200.

Cause I Sez So
Cause I Sez So cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 5, 2009
StudioUtopia Sound Studio
GenreRock, garage rock
ProducerTodd Rundgren
New York Dolls chronology
One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This
Cause I Sez So
Dancing Backward in High Heels

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Allmusic     [4]
The A.V. ClubB+[5]
The Austin Chronicle     [6]
Boston Phoenix    [7]
The Daily Telegraph     [8]
MSN MusicA–[9]
Record Collector     [11]
Rolling Stone     [12]

Cause I Sez So was met with generally positive reviews. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, it received an average score of 73, based on 17 reviews.[2]

Michaelangelo Matos of The A.V. Club found the album "life-affirming" overall,[5] while The Daily Telegraph critic Andrew Perry said the Dolls are "in rude creative health" on their "tidiest [album] ever, and their most contemplative".[8] The Boston Globe's Jonathan Perry regarded it as "classic New York Dolls" full of "heart, soul, and swagger", and concluded, "Johansen's bowery rasp still has the texture of old shoe leather, but against improbable odds and the ravages of time, it somehow works beautifully."[14] While surprised at the band's newfound appreciation for "a range of rock styles so disdained by punk", Andy Gill of The Independent believed the album is "far better than we had any right to expect".[15] Writing for MSN Music, Robert Christgau conceded it is the first of the Dolls' albums that is "less than epochal", but ultimately observed redeeming qualities:

Steve Kandell from Spin was more critical, disregarding Cause I Sez So as "all fun and harmless garage blooze ... ultimately as trifling as their '73 debut was essential".[13]

Track listingEdit

1."Cause I Sez So"David Johansen, Sylvain Sylvain3:06
2."Muddy Bones"David Johansen, Sami Yaffa3:00
3."Better Than You"David Johansen, Steve Conte3:22
4."Lonely So Long"David Johansen, Sylvain Sylvain4:05
5."My World"David Johansen, Sylvain Sylvain3:26
6."This Is Ridiculous"David Johansen, Steve Conte3:15
7."Temptation to Exist"David Johansen, Sami Yaffa, Steve Conte4:02
8."Making Rain"David Johansen, Sylvain Sylvain4:06
9."Drowning"David Johansen, Sylvain Sylvain3:32
10."Nobody Got No Bizness"David Johansen, Sylvain Sylvain, Steve Conte2:58
11."Trash"David Johansen, Sylvain Sylvain3:52
12."Exorcism of Despair"David Johansen, Sylvain Sylvain4:17
13."Lipstick, Powder & Paint" (iTunes bonus track)Jess Stone4:17
Total length:46:26


New York Dolls


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  6. ^ "New York Dolls - Music Review". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 2012-02-09.
  7. ^ Tamarkin, Jeff (2009-04-28). "New York Dolls | 'Cause I Sez So - CD Reviews". Retrieved 2012-02-09.
  8. ^ a b Perry, Andrew (May 4, 2009). "New York Dolls: Cause I Sez So, review". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved March 10, 2020.
  9. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (June 2009). "Consumer Guide". MSN Music. Retrieved March 10, 2020 – via
  10. ^ Burson, Harry. "New York Dolls: 'Cause I Sez So < PopMatters". Retrieved 2012-02-09.
  11. ^ Needs, Kris (June 2009). "New York Dolls - Cause I Sez So". Record Collector. No. 363. Retrieved March 10, 2020.
  12. ^ Christian Hoard (2009-05-01). "'Cause I Sez So | Album Reviews". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-02-09.
  13. ^ a b Kandell, Steve (May 2009). "Reviews - New York Dolls: Cause I Sez So". Spin. p. 94. Retrieved March 10, 2020 – via Google Books.
  14. ^ Perry, Jonathan (May 4, 2009). "New York Dolls, 'Cause I Sez So'". The Boston Globe. Retrieved March 10, 2020.
  15. ^ Gill, Andy (May 1, 2009). "Album: New York Dolls, Cause I Sez So (Atco)". The Independent. Retrieved March 10, 2020.