'Cause I Sez So

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."