Cheating at Solitaire

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
In one sense, it seems a little strange that Mike Ness would choose to record a solo album since he always appeared to be the driving force behind Social Distortion. On the other hand, Social Distortion is a full-fledged rock band, which means they're a democracy -- and that might have gotten a little constricting after nearly 20 years in the same outfit. Hence, Ness decided to take a solo detour in 1999 with Cheating at Solitaire. The title slyly hints at the fact that he didn't do this alone, and there are a stunning array of guests on the album, including contributions from Brian Setzer, Bruce Springsteen, and members of the Royal Crown Revue. Even if the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
In one sense, it seems a little strange that Mike Ness would choose to record a solo album since he always appeared to be the driving force behind Social Distortion. On the other hand, Social Distortion is a full-fledged rock band, which means they're a democracy -- and that might have gotten a little constricting after nearly 20 years in the same outfit. Hence, Ness decided to take a solo detour in 1999 with Cheating at Solitaire. The title slyly hints at the fact that he didn't do this alone, and there are a stunning array of guests on the album, including contributions from Brian Setzer, Bruce Springsteen, and members of the Royal Crown Revue. Even if the record is loaded with cameos, it remains very much the work of Mike Ness, emphasizing his love of American roots music. Sure, there's hard, punky rock & roll on the record, but things get really interesting when he goes for straight country, blues, rockabilly, and folk. He's dabbled with these genres before, but he's never quite been as straightforward as this, nor has he been as successful. Occasionally, it may sound like he's tackling too much at once, but that's refreshing in a time when most rockers are playing it safe. And that is certainly one thing Cheating at Solitaire never does.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/13/1999
  • Label: Time Bomb
  • UPC: 709304352425
  • Catalog Number: 43524
  • Sales rank: 11,453

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mike Ness Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals
Bruce Springsteen Guitar, Vocals
Brian Setzer Guitar
Josh Freese Drums, Snare Drums
Chris Lawrence Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar
Jamie Muhoberac Keyboards, Hammond Organ
Billy Zoom Guitar
Mando Dorame Tenor Saxophone
James Saez Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards, Slide Guitar
Veikko Lepisto Electric Bass, Upright Bass
Tom Corbett Mandolin
Daniel Glass Drums, Snare Drums
Technical Credits
Eddy Schreyer Mastering
Anthony Esposito Composer
Mike Ness Producer, Artwork
James Saez Producer, Engineer
Jolie Clemens Artwork
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