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SoulTracks Music Review
L. Michael Gipson, SoulTracks.com
Some albums are so beautifully realized that all you can do is weep and be grateful for the privilege. Austin-based musician Dan Dyer delivers a sophomore album of such stunning wisdom and shimmering brilliance that you can hardly believe this guy writes commercial jingles as his day gig. Dyer on his self-titled project is a keys playing singer/songwriter on the levels of Carole King when she birthed Tapestry, Jim Croce on You Don’t Mess With Jim or James Taylor at his zenith of Sweet Baby James… [read full review]

NPR Second Stage Artist of the Day
Tamara Vallejos, NPR Music
For his follow-up to 2004′s Of What Lies Beneath, Austin, TX resident Dan Dyer draws from gospel, Bossa Nova and even ragtime for a contemporary homage of pulsating grooves. His selt-titled sophomore release, which dropped in late August, begins with the soulful “Love Chain,” featuring members of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church Choir backing Dyer’s own Stevie Wonder-inspired tenor. It’s a passionate and stunning opener, showcasing much of the musical styles Dyer grew up on… [read full review]

Absolutely Dan Dyer
Margaret Moser, Austin Chronicle
If Dan Dyer couldn’t sing, being ‘easy on the eyes’ wouldn’t matter…
On a sticky Wednesday night in May, the sound of footsteps ascending the stairs to Momo’s doesn’t stop. Dan Dyer sits onstage at the keyboard singing “Anne-Marie,” four minutes of funky piano and bass popping to the tale of a woman sent packing who then finds someone else. The song’s monosyllabic coda is half-whispered, and no one claps until he says it: “Bitch.” The audience explodes into applause, especially the front tables packed with starry-eyed young women, a phenomenon evoking Bob Schneider’s early years in Austin… In a town full of guitar slingers and songwriters, Dyer’s a singer. That puts him in a tiny local genre that includes predecessors Paul Ray, Junior Medlow, and Malford Milligan… Dyer has the cool polish of a talent destined to make it, having worked with Lenny Kravitz and as one the hottest session vocalists in New York… [read full article]

ACL Live Shots: Concert Review
Margaret Moser, Austin Chronicle
His showstopper “Anne-Marie” was lost as the second song in a short set scheduled in the thankless position of opening slot at ACL’s seventh year, but Dan Dyer set the tone with soul and style. Dyer’s self-titled release on Fat Caddy has made him something of a golden boy for the hot local label, and the fresh festival audience basked in the warmth of his spectacularly soulful vocals and sweet but never slavish love of 1970s R&B. After he uttered “Anne-Marie’”s coda by grinning “bitch” into the microphone, the local favorite sat down at the keyboards for a splendid set of his stylish compositions… [read full review]

ACL Fest 2008 Friday Picks :: Austin Chronicle
Jay Trachtenberg, KUT Radio
Dyer’s arguably the best blue-eyed soul singer in Austin. The songwriter’s critically acclaimed 2008 self-titled album on Fat Caddy Records was recorded in a former snake-charming church turned studio in East Austin, and it brims with the spirit of Stevie Wonder and Al Green. Formerly of high-energy band Breedlove, this soul revivalist also holds down a popular local residency at Momo’s.

NU Magazine Article & Review
Robin McGary
One doesn’t automatically think discipline when seduced by a soulful croon, as the sumptuous attack on the senses serves more as a conduit away from oneself. When first I heard Dan Dyer perform the songs from his new self-titled album, I was transported by their soulful realism and taken aback by their full-on force. This blend of funk, jazz and soul packs a punch, an enlivening beat to accompany its intoxicating sway. The raw knuckles of these tunes hit me before I considered the premeditated artistry involved… [read full article]

Top 10 local albums of 2008 (so far)
Michael Corcoran, Austin American Statesman
[Self-Titled, Dan Dyer]. Produced by David Boyle (ex-Scabs) in a renovated black Pentecostal church, Dyer feels the spirit and comes to genuflect before Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway and Curtis Mayfield.

Dan Dyer Self-titled Album Review
Lynne Margolis, Texas Music Monthly
While trying to describe Dan Dyer’s sound to a friend recently, I said, “He re-minds me of Jay Kay from from Jamiroquai.” To which my friend responded, “Oh, that Stevie Wonder sound? Cool!” Yeah, that Jay Kay/Stevie Wonder sound is there, but the Austinite’s self-titled album also drips with the bayou-moss, sticky-humidity funk of his East Texas/Louisiana border hometown, plenty of blue-eyed soul falsetto, his alternately twinkly and dangerous electric piano and gospel influences galore. Not to mention very dynamic songs… [read full review]

Austin Music Review: SXSW Platters
Thomas Fawcett, Austin Chronicle
It’s refreshing not falling back on labels like “retro” and “throw-back” when spinning Dan Dyer’s self-titled debut on Fat Caddy Records. Sure, the Austinite’s smoky vocals recall giants like Stevie Wonder and Donny Hathaway, but Dyer has as much in common with Spearhead’s Michael Franti and Lenny Kravitz, who produced his 2004 solo debut, …Of What Lies Beneath, to chilly reviews. Turn your stereo up, and Dyer’s rich voice wraps around you on the crawling, gospel-tinged opener “Love Chain.” Earnestness is in short supply in today’s blue-eyed soul, but Dyer wears emotions on his sleeve and never sings with tongue in cheek, repeatedly asserting that “love can change your life” on “Love’s a Game.” In a divine falsetto, the album’s funkiest track, “Anne-Marie,” poses the classic jilted lovers’ question: “Why you trippin’?”

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