Gabe Dixon – One Spark review

Posted on 16 September 2011
By Matt Barden
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One Spark is the debut album from former Paul McCartney keyboardist and Supertramp member, Gabe Dixon.

The album boasts an impressive line of co-writers and collaborators. Gabe drafted in members of Snow Patrol and Deacon Blue to help pen some tracks, and he is joined on the album by Alison Kraus, Dan Wilson and Tia Sillers.

The album kicks off well Strike, a catchy, mature piano-pop number. Unfortunately the rest of the album does not live up to the opener.

Even the Rain, with blues grass legend Krauss, promises much but fails to live up to the hype as it meanders towards a cliché love letter and Running on Fumes is a bland summer romp.

There are some redeeming moments, notably on Lucky to be Lost, a McCartney-esque, scaled back pop number.

The musicianship is cultured and accomplished, especially his tickling of the ivories, which will have you toe-tapping along.

But the song-writing is cringe worthy and bland for the most part. This is probably due to the sheer amount of collaborators on the project, which leaves the album feeling disjointed.