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Dominoe - 2012 Naked But Dressed

ARTIST: Dominoe
ALBUM: Naked But Dressed
LABEL: Yesterrock
SERIAL: YR201235
YEAR: 2012
SPONSOR: Germusica (Haulix)


LINEUP: Robert Papst - guitar, backing vocals * Joerg Sieber - lead vocals * Larry Hoppen, Jimi Jamison, Jimi Hall, Janina Dietz - backing vocals * John 'Rhino' Edwards, Timo Kresslein - bass * Eddie Daum, Ivo Peitzner - keyboards * Chris 'Bina Birawsky, Charlie Morgan - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 What Happens * 02 Fine With Me * 03 Naked * 04 I'm Coming Home * 05 It's Alright * 06 Don't Throw Our Love Away * 07 A Good Way Down * 08 Love Is The Answer * 09 My Girl * 10 All The Sins Are Dying * 11 No Dude * 12 You And Me * 13 Take Me As I Am * 14 One Last Sugar * 15 Here I Am (2012) * 16 Let's Talk About Life (2012) * 17 Naked (Radio Mix)



German band Dominoe were regular attendees at the altar of GD's turntable back in the glory daze. A couple of useful albums back in the day saw this band congregate with many other German hopefuls. The late 80's and early 90's really was a congested space for melodic rock. Robert Papst and Joerg Sieber are the main guys here, and they've since participated in other German projects in recent times. Come 2012 and Dominoe are back as if the 80's were only a time warp away, though we know that's not the case. It seems that Dominoe have returned with their batteries on full and phasers set to stun, because the vast material onboard is pretty strong and varied too, which is all good.

The Songs
'What Happens' is a fun time romp with a dose of 80's pop/rock the prime motivator. A strong rhythm section and an overall theme which could be Stage Dolls bumping into Glenn Burtnick for shits and giggles! Yep, it's that good. I enjoyed the Scandi sounding 'Fine With Me', and by now I'm wondering whether Messrs Papst and Sieber have spent the in-between years based in Oslo or Stockholm! Third track 'Naked' asks a few questions of the rock/country hybrid, it just gets a pass mark. 'I'm Coming Home' is a 2012 re-bake of the track lifted from 1990's 'The Key' album. it's one of three tracks that get a rebirth; 'Here I Am' (featured on both 'The Key' and 1988's 'Keep In Touch') is the first, while 'Let's Talk About Life' also featured on 'Keep In Touch'. The fantastic 'It's Alright' has got a ton of redeeming qualities, the backbone of the song lives in the 80's while the upfront melodies fall easily within the modern rock/nu-breed framework. 'Don't Throw Our Love Away' shuffles on a similar verse conveyor as Heart's 1990 hit 'All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You' (yeah tedious title I know), it has singalong anthem qualities too. Getting down and dirty with a boogie and shimmy sound is 'A Good Way Down'. Sort of like Status Quo on steroids. Inevitably we'll bump into a ballad along the way and 'Love Is The Answer' is that first encounter, though it does swing nicely with that acoustic jangle and rich chorus. Not sure what the lyrical inspiration is for 'All The Sins Are Dying', but currently in 2012, I don't see a lot of that happening in the real world, particularly that war-mongering Khazarian idiot running Israel! Another likeable tune is 'You And Me' with its happy-go-lucky structure and easy to remember chorus.

In Summary
For those of you expecting a return to 1980's form from these Germans, I'm afraid you'll be disappointed with such expectations. The overriding theme of this album is decidedly modern with a hybrid acoustic/electric sound, keeping things organic and raw. No big synths or pompous overloads to be found here I'm afraid. However, I'm quite happy with the direction that Robert Papst and co have taken with Dominoe, as it keeps them out of the AOR cul-de-sac and firmly in the left hand lane of a constantly moving hard rock freeway. There's a heap of material here, which should keep trainspotters happy too.

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#1 | code4 on October 07 2015 03:10:09
Jimi Jamison may be a great singer but i have to say that a couple of listens to the remake of the classic 1990 song 'Comin' Home' from this cd was enough to send me running for the hills. As such i am not qualified to review this album. Thanks for the write up. Sounds like some of the rest might be worth it. I love most of 'The Key' cd (1990).

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