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since 2001

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info opinion

Dave Dill

"Heaven" CD


Genres: pop, pop / rock

Dave Dill
PO Box 20021
Cranston RI 02920

Jul 7 - 15 2003

Heaven is a formidable collection of Dave Dill's well-written, catchy pop songs.  They are all elegant, friendly numbers that offer nothing different or original, but rather marinate in their own radio-friendly, melodic joyfulness.

The one problem with Dill's tunes is that they often rely too much on repetition.  While the playing is usually tight, and the melodies are strong, the music is often based on the over-repetition of short choruses, as can be seen very clearly on "Heaven" and "Losers", the latter of which repeats the same phrase over and over again ad infinitum.

Meanwhile, a song like "Left Behind" succeeds admirably because it's much more varied, with a nice folk-pop sound and a strong verse part to go with the chorus.  "Bury The Sun" is another satisfyingly infectious number.

Overall, this is a solid album from a new singer/songwriter on the scene.  Worth a listen.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 10 songs, distributed by the artist, released 2002]