"I was pleased to see another Deryl Dodd CD hit the shelves! I bought it as soon as I saw it hit the Texas charts, which was the first week. I thought this was truly one of Deryl's best CDs. It shows that a writer and musician can stick to their beliefs and be successful. I disagree with the previous reviewer (Nichols) about this CD and think maybe what the reviewer is missing is that this CD shows Deryl's versatility. In music today, labels make artists into fictional characters...their albums all sound the same. This reviewer must be caught up in that hype and has missed the treasure of a true talent. It is a real treat to put in a CD with an artist that can show us the rock and roll side as well as a tender ballad. Cheers to Deryl for such a wonderful CD!"
Deryl Dodd is Stronger Proof
MEB | Texas | 10/18/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In an age where singers are just the product of the Nashville Music Machine, it is great to know and hear that someone so unique and multi-faceted as Deryl Dodd exist. I love the fact that Deryl's new CD has many different moods and personalities. If it didn't, it wouldn't be Texas music, it would just be pigeonholed with all the other flavors of the month that Nashville is so good at cranking out. Let's face it, the thing that makes any Texas artist unique is the fact that they come from a state with many musical influences and it can't help but rub off on them. Thank Goodness! This is what makes a Texas artist stand out and what makes everyone that isn't jealous! Deryl uses this to his advantage and anyone that has seen him light up a stage with everything from a tear-jerking ballad, through old George Jones to Stevie Ray knows what I am talking about. I think this CD is a great overview of Deryl's talent and I urge anyone that wants to hear true Texas music to buy one today!"
Dodd at his best in years
Anne Elyse | Caddo Mills by way of DeKalb | 10/18/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have listened to Deryl since the beginning of his career and this is by far the best of his albums. As far as this putting him at the top of the Texas songwriting crowd, I feel like he is already there. The thing that sets him apart from the others is that he does have a different sound on certain songs and he does not blend in with the same old "sounds like everyone else - just to sell an album" acts. He is once again selling to his fans and the people who continue to love him and not the Nashville industry and the critics who don't get him. Worked for people like Steve Wariner so why not Deryl - Go buy the album and all of his others and make your own decision!!!!!"
Fine album of polished honky tonk
hyperbolium | Earth, USA | 11/14/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Lucky Dog's loss continues to be Dualtone's gain as the roster of Sony's former imprint follows a migratory path to the Nashville indie. Joining recent releases by BR549 and Charlie Robison, Dodd's latest shows the greatest leap forward. His previous LP, 2002's "Pearl Snaps," was something of a comeback effort, regaining his musical footing after a crippling bout of viral encephalitis. This time out he leans even more heavily on twangy two-steppers, with plenty of fiddle, steel and honky-tonk piano.
Having returned to Texas, Dodd's brought a bit of his Nashville polish with him, but like many who temped on Lucky Dog, he pairs commercial edgings with a heart-and-soul that retains its roots. The opener, "Never Again," hits the ground running with a Bakersfield shuffle that features a terrific walking bass line from the band's newest member, Kerry Wilson. The mid-tempo title track reworks classic tear-in-your-beer themes with some clever wordplay, and Dodd adds a sly edge to the Kenny Rogers hit, "Love or Something Like It."
When Dodd stays up-tempo, he rocks in the Texas style of Jack Ingram and Pat Green, but when he slows down for tunes like "Outside Lookin' In" and "She Does the Best She Can," he drifts to the middle of the road. The exception is the closer, "The Crowd," a heartfelt ode that nicely captures the bond between Texas musicians and their fans. Those who've followed Dodd's career, or simply like the roadhouse music of the Lone Star state will enjoy this one.
3-3/4 stars, if allowed fractional ratings."
Stronger Proof is Proof Enough
T. Petty | Texas | 10/22/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I just recently purchased the Stronger Proof CD and it has yet to leave my CD player. I love the range of music on Deryl's latest CD. He pours his heart into every song and makes you want more. Because of his music I have bookmarked his tour schedule and plan on traveling to wherever he's playing. Keep 'em coming, Deryl..."