DOMINOE – Naked But Dressed
Easy listening melodic rock/ AOR from this veteran German act Dominoe on their fifth album “Naked But Dressed”. Guest vocalists include Larry Hoppen (Orleans) and Jimi Jamison (Survivor) among others, but main vocalist Jorg Sieber has a smooth, silky/ made for radio delivery with his melodies. “A Good Way Down” has a little bit of Texas boogie in the main riff and shuffle drum tempo, while “My Girl” features Jimmy Hall from Wet Willie in a southern rock meets slightly country duet- as female vocalist Janina Dietz adds that charm a la Lynyrd Skynyrd in a live setting.
Dominoe has a versatile sound- the acoustic ballad “Take Me As I Am” has a Poco/ America feel, while “Fine With Me” is a potent rocker with a Collective Soul style guitar riff and pumping organ moments. Guitarist Robert Papst has this cool demeanor to his licks, riffs, and harmonies- “Naked” could have been a legitimate legendary radio staple had this been released 25 years ago. As professionally produced as it sounds, “Naked But Dressed” contains 14 new songs and 3 bonus track- 2 re-recordings of older Dominoe songs “Here I Am” and “Let’s Talk About Life” as well as a radio edit of “Naked”.
If you miss the 80’s melodic rock scene with spot on vocal harmonies and hooks that go on for days, Dominoe could be the sleeper hit of your record collection this season. My plea to the community who love this music so much- invest in new material as much as you revere the classics, or else the musicians who play this style will fade away.