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Brian Capps

Walk Through Walls – 2005 (HighTone)

Reviewed by Andy Turner

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Lou Whitney produced Brian Capps' new release on which he also performs, along with the rest of The Morells. Perhaps not surprisingly, and certainly not a bad thing, Capps' sound is pretty similar to the Domino Kings with whom he was lead singer, if more varied. His voice is slightly sweeter than Newman's, kind of like a less nasally Robbie Fulks.

Like Newman, Capps can write and sing songs that come off like classic country anthems. "I Wouldn't Say That's Living," with D. Clinton Thompson's searing guitar work leading the way, should come with a patch of hardwood floor it's so deliriously danceable. "Next Time," the title track and "When We Learn" are all keepers, and Capps offers fresh takes on Merle Travis' "Dark as a Dungeon" and "The Devil To Pay" as well as Rodney Crowell's "Standing On a Rock."

In the end, it appears everything has turned out just fine Capps.