DM3's third album is arguably their best. The song writing is probably leaning more towards pop than power pop which may be the result of more co-writes than on previous albums. Mariani's guitar playing is more highlighted than in past releases and the overall sound has a great warmth and depth.
Dom Mariani - Guitar & Lead Vocals
Pascal Bartolone - Drums
Julian Matthews - Bass & Backing Vocals
Toni Italiano - Bass & Backing Vocals*
Nunzio Mondia - Organ on track 1
Dave Johnstone - Guitar on track 4
Chas Guthrie - Organ on track 6
Dipaunka McRides - Bongos on track 8
Produced by DM Three
Engineered by Toni Italiano
Recorded at Pet Rock Studios, Perth
Tracks 1 & 6 by Wayne Connolly
Tracks 1, 2 & 6 mixed by John Villani at Planet Studios, Perth
Tracks 3, 4 & 5 mixed by Mitch Easter at Brickhenge, N. Carolina
Tracks 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, & 12 mixed by Toni Italiano at Pet Rock
From the sixties punk inspired pop cool of The Stems, through the quintessential Power Pop of The Someloves to DM3 and two classic pop albums in 1993's One Time Two Times Three Red Light and 1996's Road To Rome, Dom Mariani and Co. have forged a distinctive sound and celebrated all that is good about when pop meets rock'n'roll.
While Perth's pop masters are held in high regard in their homeland by the pop fraternity they've focused most of their efforts on building a healthy fan base in the US and Europe.
Which brings us to the latest and greatest from DM3. The bands third album Rippled Soul, is another textural slide through the thing that is pop. Recorded, produced and mixed in Perth and the US with the help of Mitch Easter, Wayne Connolly (You Am I, Knievel, Welcome Mat, Fauves), John Villani and ex DM3 bassist Toni Italiano. The album finds ex-Stems bass player Julian Matthews re-joining with Mariani and the evergreen skinsman Pascal Bartolone, for a run-through that encompasses the brilliant best of DM3, with some different flourishes.
Always an accomplished guitar player, Mariani lets his fingers do the talking a little more on Rippled Soul, as the first single, Lure attests. It's a good natured snarl that permeates much of the album – get sweetly stuck in Quicksand or ponder with a smile how the Big Bad World is going to get you. Maybe you'd like to sidle with the dark strut of Better Light. Dial 04 Josephine, Anyway That You Like and Falling For You, meanwhile, are straight ahead Power Pop with a capital 'P', few do it so well.
Tucked near this energetic poppin' the class of true tunesmith shines through on the likes of on the likes of Everything That You Told Me, Augustine and the modern Beatlesque mores and moving keyboards of the Julian Matthews penned Last To Know.
DM3 come up with the goods again. In a world where the concept of pop music and rock'n'roll has become blurred and often ugly commodity, DM3 define what it should always mean. Folks meet the real deal.
"Huge guitars, cracking drums, killer harmonies and insanely catchy tunes. Everything that made me first love rock and roll is here and more." The Big Takeover (US)
"Based on this disc and his other recorded output, DM3's Dom Mariani (late of the just-as wonderful Aussie combos the Someloves and the Stems) must be considered one of the top 5 pop titans of the past decade or so. Brilliant." Goldmine (US)
"Dom Mariani has garnered more respect and admiration than any other power-pop musician outside of the US." Yellow Pills (US)
"Dom Mariani has a rich history in pop music, and over time has become associated with the Australian pop music scene and it maybe a well worn cliche, but Power Pop doesn't get any better than this." Popsided (US)
"Dazzling guitars, delicious melodies and hooks, hooks, hooks are the order of the day." Trouser Press Guide To '90s Rock
"So what's the bottom line here? Well, Road to Rome is another flat-out killer from Dom Mariani and his cohorts. It's beefy guitar sound takes it out of the realm of simply being a great power pop album; this is great rock and roll." Audities (US)
"Dom Mariani still sets the benchmark. Tight, powerful, cool, catchy and clear as a transparent bell." Revue (WA)
"All three cuts are crammed with the kind of melodic hooks a Tin Pan Alley writer would sell his blind grandma for, and they've got a real in-your-face ballsiness that'd make even members of the KISS army stand up and salute." The Bob (US)
"In all it's a perfect combination of sizzling guitars, pop dripping vocals and snappy inoffensive back beats wrapped around the most edibly infectious of melodies… and isn't that what true pop is meant to be all about." The Drum Media (Sydney)