David James Dawson / Blog


I've been a DJDawson fan ever since the release of his single, blonde hair. Before that, I really didn't understand any of his work. Too artsy, too intellectual. It was on Blonde Hair where DJ'S presence became more apparent. I think ufo was the young artists undisputed masterpiece. It's an epic meditation on intangibility. At the same time, it deepens and enriches the meaning of the preceding debut album.Listen to the brilliant ensemble playing of The Wizard. You can practically hear every nuance of every instrument. In terms of lyrical craftsmanship, the sheer songwriting, this album, A Brave new world hits a new peak of professionalism. Take the lyrics to 'She'. In this song, DJ Dawson addresses the problems of abusive political authority. 'Your Hand' is the most moving pop song of the lot, about monogamy and commitment. The song is extremely uplifting. His lyrics are as positive and affirmative as anything I've heard in rock. DJ Dawsons solo career seems to be more commercial and therefore more satisfying, in a narrower way. Especially songs like Angels and Nothing Grows. But I also think Dawson works best within the confines of the acoustic, minimalistic set up, rather than as a 'group' artist, and I stress the word artist. Blonde Hair, a great, great song, a personal favorite.