Genre: Alternative Rock, Psychedelic Pop

Sounds like: Beck, The Beetles, Waxing Poetics

The Good Tripped out vibe, mysterious lyrics 

The Bad Nothing to Report

The Ugly Nothing to report

The Band 5 out of 5

The Music 4 out of 5

The Songs 5 out of 5

The Vibe 4 out of 5

The Production 5 out of 5

The Verdict 5 out of 5








The Artist I recently checked out the latest CD from based Singer/Songwriter/Composer Ken Dixon entitled Motives. Dixon comes to us from California and is backed by many session players. I have to admit The cover art evokes much in the way of mystery. 


The band Dixon plays guitar and sings on the CD and like the aforementioned backed by the 4 piece rock standard. Looking at the liner notes I get the impression this CD would have not been possible without the likes of Craig Bartock The playing abilities of Dixon and company are spot on across the board. I would say they possesses advanced playing abilities with elite songwriting skills. Timing seems to be spot on within the trippy alternative rock grooves. Dixon's voice just works as he manages to hold his head above water and pulls it off brilliantly. This format matches the trippy-psychedelic rock format perfectly. The music The music possesses a highly original, alternative rock edge that is highly creative. Lyrical content is a big mystery wrapped up inside an enigma - but highly entertaining to say the least. The songs All pieces strike the prefect balance between psychedelic rock, and alternative rock but their is an unmistakable early 70's feel to it reminiscent of classic bands like The Beetles. The songs themselves are clearly above average even flirt with brilliant. The vibe simply put  - this CD will keep you guessing, scratching your head but highly entertained all at the same time. The songs are fascinating and captivating delivering unpredictable, melancholy and highly original music. The production The production is professional grade. The good Honorable mentions go out to Dixon for not being afraid to let it all hang out musically. Dixon is a highly creative artist and is not trying to be some popish artist striving for mass appeal, instead he is clearly being himself musically. In this world of overly corporate entertainment Don Dixon definitely stands out from other artists in a good way. My favorite track on the CD is "Becky's Queer" and the title track. The bad Nothing to report. The ugly Nothing to report.


The verdict Don Dixon's Motives is a very entertaining CD - end of subject. This CD will go in  my car tomorrow. The songwriting - clearly above average and strongly personifies the mysterious Human condition.  Fns of tripped out folk, Alternative Rock with s psychedelic twang will love this one. The Bottom Line If you are looking for a quirky, bizarre, brilliant, highly creative and entertaining catalogue of music - look no further. Ken Dixon's Motives  is here.


Markus Druery

Indieshark Music Critic





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