Sunday, May 31, 2009

It's not completely awful

Artist: New York Dolls
Title: 'Cause I Sez So
Label: One Day It Will Please Us
Release date: 2009

If you love The New York Dolls and have no time for old man bar rock, you will have a tough time sitting through this one.

For every instance of David Johansen singing about life in the 21st century, there's a line that sounds like it was written for a blusey, old man bar band ("You ain't even got no class/I'm gonna kick your ass"). There are also a few cliched lines that'd be less obnoxious and seem more genuine coming from one of the young bands out there that emulates the Dolls ("I'm drowning in this sea of love", etc.).

That being said, the last three tracks, including the reggae version of "Trash," are killer. It was also beyond awesome for Todd Rundgren to come on board for this album as its producer. Maybe that is why Johansen's voice sounds as good as ever.

The New York Dolls reunion tour and the two albums we've gotten out of it so far isn't about them reinventing their own wheel, so to speak. They are not going to be daring and bust out something that'll blow our minds. Instead, they are slowly adding a few new quality tunes to go along with "Personality Crisis", "Looking For A Kiss", and other classics for their live sets.

They're making money off of something they surely believe in and love, and we as fans are getting to see them live again or for the first time. That's great, so I am not going to complain too much if their new album only has a few good tunes on it.

If you want to see The New York Dolls live, you're in luck. They are playing June 12 at Centerstage. Hopefully, they won't sing about making it rain or play the salsa tune.

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