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Cheating at Solitaire

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Other albums by Mike Ness

  1. Under the Influences
Mike Ness 4/13/1999

Review

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. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 The Devil in Miss Jones Mike Ness 3:47
  3. 2 Don't Think Twice, It's All Right Mike Ness 3:45
  4. 3 Misery Loves Company Mike Ness 3:46
  5. 4 Crime Don't Pay Mike Ness 3:30
  6. 5 Rest of Our Lives Mike Ness 3:42
  7. 6 You Win Again Mike Ness 3:9
  8. 7 Cheating at Solitaire Mike Ness 3:49
  9. 8 No Man's Friend Mike Ness 4:53
  10. 9 Charmed Life Mike Ness 3:35
  11. 10 Dope Fiend Blues Mike Ness 5:17
  12. 11 Ballad of a Lonely Man Mike Ness 3:24
  13. 12 I'm in Love w/My Car Mike Ness 4:39
  14. 13 If You Leave Before Me Mike Ness 4:18
  15. 14 Long Black Veil Mike Ness 3:58
  16. 15 Send Her Back Mike Ness 2:56

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