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Dominoe - 'Naked But Dressed' http://www.rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/f8/5e/e3/2891_DominoeNakedButDressed_1351275665.jpg Hot

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What a great album from a fine band.

Well, this is great. German AOR band produces big-selling car advert track on debut, drops another album, then goes missing for a decade before a flurry of activity in the last ten years. This is release number six.

Seventeen tracks here, most of them pretty special. More than just a smooth soft rocking success, ‘Naked But Dressed’ has some almost power pop moments, a bit of Country picking, shambolic Faces stuff, 70s Supertramp rock. AOR should be this fractured; it often was. Beautifully played to an open, constantly changing vista, this is the sound of a band who know just how good they can be and like to show us. Jimi Jamison may be here too, but it hardly matters when the band you're helping don't need any frills. Picking any will just denigrate other greats, but here goes...

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

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Janina Deitz's backing vocals, warm and wise, bring Fleetwood Mac to mind as chiming AOR inflates ‘Here I Am’ to the size of Alex Ferguson's ego. Electric piano and a funky guitar dancing round a meaty bass and shimmying as an organ solo fills the soul - this is ‘You And Me’. Parping is the order of the day with a side order of slide in the Good Old Boys ‘A Good Way Down’ which lifts us out of the barroom on some soulful vocals. Then the Faces stumble into ‘Love Is The Answer’ with a gentle love of life and proceeds to join in a soused singalong, swooning at a semi-soaring solo and applauding an enterprising organ.

With seventeen tracks on offer, they won't all be winners but most are, particularly a bratty, powerful energy with Jorg Sieber duetting with Dietz and protecting an effortlessly catchy melody and upstart "Hey!" ringing the song on ‘Fine With Me’. What a great album from a fine band. No checking your watch here, you may be pressing repeat.

Dominoe? No-one's knocking, this is a double six.

Steve Swift

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