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DM3 - West of Nowhere

by Jeff Penczak Rating:9 Release Date:2016-01-18

Speeding up The Who’s ‘Substitute’, ‘1 Time, 2 Times, Devastated’ (perhaps the greatest power-pop anthem ever) kicks off this magnificent, unending pogo party-cum-retrospective. Aussie Dom Mariani’s career dates back 30-plus years to beloved cult heroes The Stems, but DM3’s catchy tunes, boy-next-door vocals, and tight instrumentation delivered some of the 90s’ finest power-pop anywhere. While heavily indebted to their first two albums, the entire discography is represented (frustratingly nonchronological), making this comparable to many competing 'best ofs', including an earlier Bomp! comp.

Highlights? Almost everything, but follow ‘1x2x’ with ‘Please Don’t Lie’, ‘Foolish’, The Records-sounding ‘Second Floor’, Big Star-ish ‘Speed Freak’, the obligatory Beatlesque ‘Hold On’, and the wild ‘Fall To Bits’, perhaps the only power pop tune to feature sitar! And don’t overlook Mariani’s fabulous guitarwork throughout. If you dig Raspberries, Knack, Big Star, Beat, Rubinoos, Records, et.al., you need this.

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