The Domino Kings

The Back of Your Mind

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Although they've endured some personnel changes, most notably the acrimonious departure of bassist Brian Capps, the Domino Kings have come back stronger than ever, with a scintillating album of roots rock that several times veers into the alt-country camp. They kick off powerfully with the title track before hitting more peaks with "I Fell," which has a killer chorus, and the apocrypha of "The Outlaw's Song." And those pieces mix perfectly with the Buck Owens-influenced "Wine Me Up," which could have come straight out of Bakersfield, and the slower "What Do You Do About the Ring?," written by Newman's aunt. Newman himself proves as inspired as ever, with some of his best material ever, and some sprightly singing and picking (the record seems to become more country as it progresses, really, with the last several tracks almost demanding a cowboy hat and a beer). Times may have changed and the faces may be different, but the music is even better than before.

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