We're told Jeremy Dion is in line with David Wilcox, James Taylor, and John Denver, and I'm tempted to agree but probably not for the same reasons as the claimants'. Dion composes somewhat like Wilcox but has a voice closer to Arlo Guthrie crossed with Chris DeBurgh atop a lyric hand similar to Denver…which isn't all that much a good thing, as his verses are banal and cliché, as Denver too often was.
The guy picked a good backing band, especially guitarist Russ Martin (sharp player!) and background vocal quartet, though the drummer's a bit leaden (no idea whether it's his fault or Dion's direction), and the songs have a bounce and lilt to them…so why am I not more enthused about it all? Well, part of the blame is on the tech side. The mix is too exclusively in the higher register with very little bottom and not balanced well enough to really bring out the constituent elements as it should. Then comes the fact that these are quite good compositions but lack the sonic oomph they need to push matters properly.
The lyrics, as said, aren't anything to write home to mother about though the music's great, and Dion's voice falls shy of being fully adequate to the instruments surrounding them, needing to work on delivery more. At some point, soon I suspect, he'll put out his magnum opus, but this, unfortunately, ain't it.
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