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Gabe Dixon Band
     

The Gabe Dixon Band

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by The Gabe Dixon Band
 
The Gabe Dixon Band have long been considered a staple of the college rock scene, but there's a definite lack of beer-slamming anthems on this album, which reintroduces the group as a slimmed-down trio with an improved focus on songwriting. It's often difficult for a frat rock band to leave the campus behind; O.A.R.'s All Sides, for

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The Gabe Dixon Band have long been considered a staple of the college rock scene, but there's a definite lack of beer-slamming anthems on this album, which reintroduces the group as a slimmed-down trio with an improved focus on songwriting. It's often difficult for a frat rock band to leave the campus behind; O.A.R.'s All Sides, for example, saw the group struggling to transform their reggae-influenced jams into smooth, uplifting rock. Gabe Dixon goes about his conversion in a smarter manner, emphasizing his bouncing piano chords and pop-schooled melodies in a way that's both mature and commercial. Ben Folds Five are still a touchstone for the group, although Dixon's lyrics detail the ups and downs of love without the humor and cultural references that fuel Folds' work. Fans of David Gray, the Fray, and other smooth-voiced craftsmen will find much to enjoy about this self-titled effort, particularly during such highlights as "Disappear," "Far from Home," and the Wurlitzer-fueled "Find My Way." Too loud for the coffeehouse and too soft for modern rock radio, the Gabe Dixon Band nevertheless sound quite comfortable occupying their own niche.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/26/2008
Label:
Fantasy
UPC:
0888072307056
catalogNumber:
30705
Rank:
140513

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Performance Credits

Gabe Dixon Band   Primary Artist
David Angell   Violin
Neal Cappellino   Chimes,Mellotron
John Catchings   Cello
David Davidson   Violin
Gabe Dixon   Synthesizer,Piano,Accordion,Harmonium,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Background Vocals,Clavinet,Mellotron,Wurlitzer,Mini Moog,Plucked Piano,Prepared Piano,Piano (Upright),Group Member
Jim Grosjean   Viola
Shane Theriot   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Jason Eskridge   Background Vocals
Jano Rix   Percussion,Drums,Glockenspiel,Background Vocals,Wurlitzer,Mini Moog,Group Member
Mindy Smith   Vocals,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Neal Cappellino   Producer,Engineer
Gabe Dixon   Composer
Steve Jensen   Management
Wayne Kirkpatrick   Composer
John Mark Painter   String Arrangements
Dan Wilson   Composer
Greg Lawrence   Engineer
Todd Gallopo   Art Direction
Martin Kirkup   Management
Tia Sillers   Composer
Dana Collins   Management
Gabe Dixon Band   Producer
Ben Fundis   Composer
Jon McLaughlin   Composer
Dylan Altman   Composer

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The Gabe Dixon Band 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Fonte More than 1 year ago
I love technology! I found this band because of my daughter's blackberry. While watching a movie with her, the opening song catch my attention. She was able to use a program to identify the performer. I found the song on iTunes, went to Barnes & Noble's website to verify they had it in stock and then picked it up. Okay, so what's the big deal?! The Gabe Dixon Band is a breath of fresh air. An actual band. Not just a group of instrumentalists that do their job (bass lines, groove, sing). GDB has interplay and emotion in every track. With hints of Jackson Browne, Gabe Dixon emotes on "Disappear" a thoughtful ballad that doesn't sound cliché. On "All Will Be Well", the ghost of a young Billy Joel shows up. A story song is rare in pop music (County has that domain nailed). "Find My Way" is the track I heard while watching "The Proposal" with my daughter (Yes, I'm a good dad!). A driving tune with jackhammer piano riffs propelling the song forward. The next tune is practically like having church. "Till You're Gone", is a blues meets gospel, with a splash of rockabilly. It may be the most fun song on the CD, sure to make you smile and live out your life full blast till you're gone. "Far From Home", keeps you engaged throughout. The melody explores the entire vocal range of Gabe Dixon's fluid tone. "And The World Turned", is even more Billy Joelesque. Not just the vocals and melody but the piano accompaniment that can stand on its own. Gabe's songwriting really sparkles on "Baby Doll". From the melody to the piano to the phrasing, this is popular music craftsmanship at its best. "Sirens" is a hypnotic tune with riffs that harkens back to old Bruce Hornsby. Most piano-led bands fall into a rut where the colors of the other instruments are like bland wallpaper. The musicians in the group compliment and season the songs to perfection. This is not your radio friendly, made for top-40 disc. These are heartfelt and well crafted pieces that keep you involved and interested. I cannot recommend this CD enough.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago