"Domino": Reviews

From Q magazine, February 1999:

    Domino

    QUIXOTIC QRSQD 098 

    13th collection from the likeably blokeish South Londoners. 

    Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford have recently celebrated their silver jubilee of writing songs together. Like most who've stuck around for a while, they're taken pretty much for granted these days and obviously no longer considered worthy of major label support. A pity, because when it comes to writing sharp, affectionate, little dramas they're still as good as we've got. Domino has the usual quota of songs about getting drunk, getting laid, getting divorced, getting banged up, getting hurt and, naturally, girls from Clapham. Despite the presence of three brand new sidemen and an obviously tight recording budget, nothing much else has changed which, in Squeeze's case, is no bad thing at all. 

    Review by: Peter Kane 
    Rating: *** (out of 5) 

    Contributed by Stephen Towler.

From MOJO Magazine, March 1999:
    Squeeze 
    Domino (Quixotic) 

    Chris and Glenn draft in new band and go indie for their latest.

    The miniature plays for today that Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook rattle off for Squeeze with such apparent ease may cover familiar terrain - singles and couples struggling with life, often with a spirit-crushing lack of success - but their observation, humanity, humour and understanding make them as apt in the '90s and they were in the'70s. Through scalpel sharp writing, the dozen songs here parade a selection of misfits, dreamers, nasty sods, sad bunnies and ordinary folk coping as best they can. The opening tracks star fairly hopeless blokes, the next few focus on maturer subjects, the final four are about a prostitute, a divorcee, a petty criminal and advertising. Listening to a Squeeze album can be like watching a docu-soap, fly-on-the wall TV series. Domino is their Paddington Green. 

    Review by: Geoff Brown 

    Contributed almost simultaneously by Stephen Towler and Daniel Dewey.

    Daniel adds this footnote: (translation for non-UK Squeezesters- Paddington Green is a UK fly on the wall documentary series featuring all sorts of weird and wonderful characters from an area of London).

From Bucketful of Brains, March 1999:
    Squeeze 
    Domino
    Quixotic QRSQD098 

    The first response one gets after listening to this venerable band's 13th album is "Wow, there isn't one uptempo track here!"  Could this be because the band has lost their energy and drive, having been together now for 25 years? Could it be that these deliberate, langourous stylings were done by design? Or could it be as a result of a catharsis experienced by Chris Difford which was conveyed by lyrics that Glenn Tilbrook could do nothing but wed to slower melodies?  No matter, this is a nice album that's very easy to listen to. Many of the classic Squeeze earmarks are still here: Tilbrook's voice will probably always be a finely tuned instrument, retaining its gift of vivid, powerful communication even without words, there is lots of that identifiable interplay between guitars and keyboards, and of course you've got the unique "one octave apart" pairing of Tillbrook's and Difford's vocals.  Even within the confines of slower tempos there's a lot to choose from here, such as the funky "Play On," and "Domino," (the soulful vibe is in large part due to the bass playing of new member Hilaire Penda), the urbane, sleek "What's Wrong With This Picture," the autobiographical, bluesy "To Be A Dad," which features some nice, swirling guitar licks, and the atmospheric "Donkey Talk" (hey Chris, what does "wonky" mean-enquiring Yank minds want to know!).  The lone echo of the old days is the new wavey "In The Morning," but Domino doesn't need any of that to be a solid all around effort. 

    Review by: David Bash.

From Guitarist Magazine, 1999
    Squeeze
    Domino

    Full of wry social comment and humour, 'DOMINO' is more like a collection of short stories accompanied with music than your typical album.  Bonkers features some great wah playing with spaced-out lyrics, the best of which has to be "the size of her breasts like woodpecker's nests...".  Watch out for the solo, it's fluid and musical without being flash.  A raunchy blues tone drives the title track along and is a perfect example of subtle slapback delay.  Other highlights include the intro to Sleeping With A Friend, overdriven guitars working well together to give a solid wall of tone.  The keyboard solo sounds like it's stepped right out of a Camel album!  In The Morning's guitar solo sounds raw and improvised.  Check out the great guitar tones on offer throughout.

    Rating: 4 out of 5
    Review by: Ben Bartlett 

    Contributed by Mark Holland.

From the AP Newswire, November 16th, 1999
Domino (Quixotic London/Valley Entertainment) - Squeeze

by James Pilcher, Associated Press Writer

The original brain trust behind Squeeze has refocused its attention to the crafty pop that makes the band a staple of those retro '80s radio shows. And thank goodness.

Domino might not reach the heights of ``Black Coffee In Bed'' or ``Tempted'' but it is nice to see Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford back at it on record. The songwriting duo had recently been writing musicals for the British stage with mixed results. The band's 19th album shows them adapting to a music scene dominated by either heavy guitars, anger or overproduced electronica and still making a mark.

The opening ``Play On'' wastes no time, with its edgy guitar riff and immediate reference to the impact of Nirvana founder Kurt Cobain, who committed suicide. Other gems include the melancholy ``What's Wrong With This Picture?'' and the inspired wordplay of ``Sleeping With A Friend.'' Given their lack of recent exposure, this record will probably die a quick death, but it shows Squeeze and Tilbrook/Difford still have a lot of life left.


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