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I'll be listening on "repeat"
Posted by: TheEnforcer from: on
Bottom line? A knockout of a third album from a band that just keeps getting better with time. Longtime fans will be thrilled; newer listeners will fall in love with this group. Ostensibly the GDB's first effort as a "song-driven" (i.e. pop?) band, the arrangements on this album are savvy, with a pleasing nod to the members' jazz roots.
And forget all the inevitable "piano-rock" comparisons (Elton John, Ben Folds, etc.) the band's wide variety of influences are evident on this album, from the sweet country lilt of "Further the Sky" (featuring Leigh Nash) to the Fleetwood Mac vibe of standout track "Sirens". The ballads are the musical equivalent of a soft, warm blanket -- they simply enfold you in comfort; the faster tunes are retro-rock at its most danceable, a joyous mash-up of rock, blues, and soul.
In fact, Dixon's vocals present a good argument to make him the next poster-boy for blue-eyed soul a la Joe Cocker, an argument bolstered by those gospel-inflected backing vocals on "Till You're Gone". While the band bears the name of its lead singer, the album's strength owes to the talents of the trio as a whole. Bassist Winston Harrison's work anchors each song, playing off all of those bright keyboard sounds with warmth, texture, and a healthy dose of funk. Drummer Jano Rix doesn't just set the pace -- his beats are a defining characteristic on these tracks, adeptly leaping from style to style, setting the tone, a propulsive energy that drives these songs.
Fans of TV dramas may recognize these guys (album opener "Disappear", a lovely ballad, was used on the season finale of "One Tree Hill"; lullaby-for-lost-grownups "All Will Be Well", sparklingly re-visited here, has appeared in several programs), but the Gabe Dixon Band's self-titled album rises far above the pack of small-screen soundtrack faves.
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Best CD you will buy!
Posted by: BBACH from: Minneapolis, MN on
If you like Ben Folds, Elton John, Billy Joel, jazz music, or ANYTHING, this CD is definately for you. I listened to their short 30 second "tastes" on Itunes and fell in love with them there so I had to buy their CD. This CD is only slightly better than their first CD "On A Rolling Ball", but both are exceptional.
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