REVIEW: Colton Dixon’s ‘Identity’ is experimental with his iconic approach to ‘Pop’ music
Part experimental, part pop music and part spiritual exploration, Colton Dixon’s Identity examines just that: our place in Christ.
“All That Matters” has already found a place on Christian radio stations and serves up the theme of the album, “All that matters/Is you make all things new” Dixon sings, putting the emphasis on Jesus Christ.
Divided into three parts with Instrumentals titled “The Mind,” “The Body” and “The Spirit,” Identity doesn’t shy away the message, but is lost complete on the regular album as the tracks are only available on the Deluxe version.
Fans who enjoy some electronic elements will enjoy Identity as they are regularly mixed in, particularly noteworthy is “In My Veins” and “Down” – both are certain to showcase Colton belting out the lyrics in live performances with a dramatic presentation.
There isn’t much risk taking, so the Dixon fans should be pleased. Critics may take issue with the artist not “expanding” his horizons, but this is Christian Music’s American Idol and Dixon seems to embrace this.
I’m no real fan of “Technicolor” and can’t seem to connect to “High” in the Spirit section of the album.
In fact, it was the final track, “Autopsy” which really impressed me and I’m hopeful that I’ll get to see this live: great piano and strings set in the background with Dixon’s falsetto – really a great piece.
“Warrior” is a rock anthem for the stadium show and will be better live than on the radio. “Brand New Life”, “I Would Choose You”, “Humans” and “No Greater Love” are all noteworthy songs to check out. It’s always hard to judge what will connect to the masses.
Fans will enjoy Identity, but be warned that this is a lot less rocker Colton and more emotional Colton. It is a MUST to get the Deluxe version IMO, the interludes are a really interesting and set up a larger piece of work than just a bunch of songs on an album.
Identity arrives in stores March 24 “All That Matters” is available now.