Gabe Dixon breaks away from for former eponymous band for a solo career with a jaw drapping effort, One Spark. For a decade, Dixon helmed The Gabe Dixon Band, through four albums and numerous tours. Their music, piano-driven rock similar to Ben Folds, and Gabe hasn't deviated much from that sound as he's gone on his own.
Before doing any research into Gabe Dixon's other work, I was constantly telling myself while listening to the songs of One Spark, "This guy sounds like a post Beatles-era Paul McCartney." Of course, now I know that he worked and toured with Paul. And like Paul, I think Gabe has got a long solid career ahead of him, whether he joins other bands or continues on solo.
Every song on One Spark is fantastic, fresh, and yet each felt like I'd heard them all a thousand times. The album opens strong with "Strike", a tune that'll have you singing along in no time. Alison Krauss provides backup vocals on the introspective "Even the Rain". "My Favorite", while not my personal favorite on the album, has the sunny lyrics and infectious tune that showcases Dixon's pop songcraft. "On A Day Just Like Today" is practically begging to be in a romantic comedy during a montage of the leads figuring things out.
I could go on and on about the songs, but if you head over to Gabe Dixon's official site, you can hear the whole thing for yourself. You won't regret it, unless you happen to not like good music, in which case I can't help you. One Spark has earned a permanent place on my playlists.