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Cheating at Solitaire
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
In the opening seconds of this solo outing, former Social Distortion frontman Mike Ness peels off the line like a Chevy hotrod. Combining gritty punk attitude, honky-tonk toughness, and rockabilly swagger, Ness spins tales... more »
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In the opening seconds of this solo outing, former Social Distortion frontman Mike Ness peels off the line like a Chevy hotrod. Combining gritty punk attitude, honky-tonk toughness, and rockabilly swagger, Ness spins tales of depravity ("Crime Don't Pay," "Ballad of a Lonely Man") that would be downright depressing if they weren't so foot-tappingly catchy. A world-weary tough guy--equal parts Johnny Cash, Gene Vincent, and Johnny Rotten--Ness is a true homegrown talent, combining his trademark growl and wire-taut guitar playing with dramatic, captivating storytelling. Appearances by Bruce Springsteen, Brian Setzer, and members of the Royal Crown Revue add to this record's already formidable mix, but Ness is really the star, proving at every turn that there can be life after punk without coming anywhere close to selling out. --Donovan Finn
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(5 out of 5 stars)
"mike ness has so completely absorbed johnny cash and hank williams that he is actually extending their music instead of copying it.the covers are first rate. "cheating at solitaire", "if you leave before me", "rest of our lives", and "dope fiend blues" are achingly impressive original songs."ballad of a lonely man" is just plain astounding."
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(5 out of 5 stars)
"...then you have a pretty good idea of how multitalented Mike Ness is. Cheating at Solitaire completely blew me away the first time I heard it, and every SD fan should have a listen. The album contains incredible covers of some classic songs: for instance, there's the sing-along-because-you-can't-help-yourself cover of Dylan's "Don't Think Twice"--you can almost feel Ness shrug his shoulders when he sings, "You just kinda wasted my precious time"; there is also a chilling cover of "Long Black Veil"--the recurring drumroll alone made me shiver at the man singing from the grave. Ness' original songs are of course amazing. It didn't take long for "Cheating at Solitaire" to play over and over in my mind because, as with most Ness-penned SD songs, you really believe the lyrics. In a move of utter brilliance, Ness teams up with Springsteen for "Misery Loves Company"--their voices go together well, and I can't think of two singers more suited for a song about learning from experience and looking beneath the cover of "happiness." All in all, what makes this album so compelling, for me, is not so much Ness' exciting combination of rockabilly, punk, country, and even a saxophone, but the power of his voice: I don't know anything about Ness personally, but I believe every word when he sings "when I'm in [my car] I feel like a man" and "we're not punished for our sins, but by them." This album is the absolute best album I have bought in a really, really long time. Period."
Grows on you.
firstname.lastname@example.org | Upland, Ca United States | 11/19/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"My son (age 15) heard that Mr. Ness was an extremely decent singer/songwriter and this cowpunkbilly release was worth having a listen. He bought it on vacation this summer at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (! ) in Cleveland. It hasn't come out of his player since than. And I, as a second hand listener, have come under the spell. Highly recommended."