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Album Review

Despite the critical acclaim for his two previous albums, David Wilcox appeared to be aware that he was about to be dropped by his label if he didn't break into the mainstream. While Big Horizon does contain some of his best work, it suffers from over-production and arrangements aimed squarely at adult radio. The album starts promisingly, with the upbeat tune "New World" that conveys the unbridled excitement experienced at the beginning of a new relationship. However, this new-found happiness doesn't quite suit Wilcox, as it also leads to goofy songs like "Block Dog" that don't pack enough punch to hold up with repeated listens. He is at his best in songs like "Someday Soon," one of his finest, where he seeks simple truths and turns the problems of relationships inside out to find the beauty within. Unfortunately, such insights are few and far between, and the arrangements too often reduce his guitar to just another instrument in the band when it deserves to be featured more prominently. He even sings two covers that represent the hit-and-miss nature of the album — Wilcox's acoustic version of "It's the Same Old Song" manages to capture the heartbreaking lyrics that are often lost in the peppy Four Tops classic, whereas his mellow version of John Waite's "Missing You" saps the power from the original song with its bland arrangement. For die-hard fans only.

Customer Reviews

A Meaningful Masterpiece

David Wilcox is one of the greatest folk artists of our time. His songs are relaxing, uplifting, and smooth. There are elements of deep meaning in songs such as "Big Mistake", which has us look at the wonders of life and ask ourselves, "could this world have happened by chance?". David also tells the message that love can "Show the Way" when in lonely or dark times. David is such a great songwriter/singer/guitarist. I highly recommend this CD!

Favorite Album - Listened to 1000 times - Gets better wtih Time

I am a big fan of David's story telling, in word and song, as I've never resonated so closley wtih an artist. His music takes me back to when my wife and I met - and feels like falling in love each time I listen. He sees beneath the surface, makeing observations, much like Seinfeld does with comedy, David does with the broader scope of life events and emotions. I love the fact that David does not tease me with idealism or fasle choices; rather, he tells the truth about love and pain - and just live a few years and it rings true. After a 1000 times or more, this ranks my favorite album. Still, I look forward to each new project and concert. Enjoy.

He's the best

David Wilcox is my favorite singer/songwriter. He's best live, and will take you to another place when he tells stories while playing guitar. I've been a fan for more than 10 years. I wouldn't dream of taking a trip without his songs. He's like an old friend. This is one of my favorite albums. Give it a try!

Biography

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A warm, baritone vocal tone and poetic lyricism are combined with a unique guitar style that blends soft jazz and folk sensibilities and an intimate stage persona by singer/songwriter David Wilcox. Often compared to James Taylor and John Martyn, Wilcox has built a solid fan base for his well-crafted folk-pop tunes. Cleveland-born Wilcox was inspired to play guitar after watching a fellow student play in a stairwell at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, OH. Transferring to Warren Wilson College in...
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