Stronger Proof

Stronger Proof

by Deryl Dodd

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Release Date: 10/05/2004
Label: Dualtone Music Group
UPC: 0803020119123
catalogNumber: 1191
Rank: 266690

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Stronger Proof 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Lucky Dog's loss continues to be Dualtone's gain as the roster of Sony's former imprint follows a migratory path to the Nashville indie. Joining recent releases by BR549 and Charlie Robison, Dodd's latest shows the greatest leap forward. His previous LP, 2002's "Pearl Snaps," was something of a comeback effort, regaining his musical footing after a crippling bout of viral encephalitis. This time out he leans even more heavily on twangy two-steppers, with plenty of fiddle, steel and honky-tonk piano. ¶ Having returned to Texas, Dodd's brought a bit of his Nashville polish with him, but like many who temped on Lucky Dog, he pairs commercial edgings with a heart-and-soul that retains its roots. The opener, "Never Again," hits the ground running with a Bakersfield shuffle that features a terrific walking bass line from the band's newest member, Kerry Wilson. The mid-tempo title track reworks classic tear-in-your-beer themes with some clever wordplay, and Dodd adds a sly edge to the Kenny Rogers hit, "Love or Something Like It." ¶ When Dodd stays up-tempo, he rocks in the Texas style of Jack Ingram and Pat Green, but when he slows down for tunes like "Outside Lookin' In" and "She Does the Best She Can," he drifts to the middle of the road. The exception is the closer, "The Crowd," a heartfelt ode that nicely captures the bond between Texas musicians and their fans. Those who've followed Dodd's career, or simply like the roadhouse music of the Lone Star state will enjoy this one. ¶ 3-3/4 stars, if allowed fractional ratings.