...then you have a pretty good idea of how multitalented Mike Ness is. Cheating at Solitaire completely blew me away the first time I heard it, and every SD fan should have a listen. The album contains incredible covers of some classic songs: for instance, there's the sing-along-because-you-can't-help-yourself cover of Dylan's "Don't Think Twice"--you can almost feel Ness shrug his shoulders when he sings, "You just kinda wasted my precious time"; there is also a chilling cover of "Long Black Veil"--the recurring drumroll alone made me shiver at the man singing from the grave. Ness' original songs are of course amazing. It didn't take long for "Cheating at Solitaire" to play over and over in my mind because, as with most Ness-penned SD songs, you really believe the lyrics. In a move of utter brilliance, Ness teams up with Springsteen for "Misery Loves Company"--their voices go together well, and I can't think of two singers more suited for a song about learning from experience and looking beneath the cover of "happiness." All in all, what makes this album so compelling, for me, is not so much Ness' exciting combination of rockabilly, punk, country, and even a saxophone, but the power of his voice: I don't know anything about Ness personally, but I believe every word when he sings "when I'm in [my car] I feel like a man" and "we're not punished for our sins, but by them." This album is the absolute best album I have bought in a really, really long time. Period.