Picks and Pans Review: Turning Point

updated 08/11/1997 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/11/1997 AT 01:00 AM EDT

David Wilcox

Dressed up in chiming guitars and keyboards, David Wilcox's contemplative folk tunes wander toward the fringes of alt-rock. But unlike some of the flanneled sulkers of generation X, Wilcox, 39, knows that staying alive can be even more glorious (if problematic) than dying young. As adept with irony as he is with melody, Wilcox—whose five previous albums earned critical raves and promising, if not thundering, sales—explores the rougher edges of life with a sharp, unsentimental eye. An excellent guitarist and singer (his guitar tunings are reminiscent of Joni Mitchell's, while his warm voice compares nicely to James Taylor's), Wilcox shows he has earned a place among rock's finer songwriters. (Koch)

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