by Bill DeMain
“You might a thought I’ve been runnin’ but I’ve always been comin’ back to you. .” Dixon sings on “These Wheels,” one of the standout tracks on his latest album. The deep human impulse to love and be loved is often at odds with our equally strong yearning to be free. And the songs on Turns To Gold try to find balance at this emotional nexus point. It’s part of Dixon’s considerable charm that he comes up with more questions than answers, and songs like “Holding Her Freedom,” “Don’t Make Me,” “Same Place” and the stunning single “The Way To Love Me” (a duet with Natalie Prass) will raise goosebumps as they try to unravel the mysteries and vagaries of the heart.
Dixon’s been bubbling under for about a decade, with five great records under his belt, and sideman stints with Paul McCartney and Supertramp. With sensitive production by Paul Moak (Mat Kearney, Third Day) and strong backing from drummer Jano Rix and bassist Viktor Krauss, Turns to Gold feels like it could – and should – be the breakout he deserves. And since he’s primarily a piano man (and a fine one at that) and a singer with a sweet tenor, the Elton and Billy Joel comparisons might seem facile. But it’s Dixon’s potent mix of melody, old school aesthetic, poetry and grit that elevate his record to the level of Honky Chateau and Turnstiles. A future classic.
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