Album Review: "The Book of Strongman" by Dennis Davison (9/10)

Distributed by: Pretty Plague Recordings
Producer: Dennis Davison

Davison spent decades in the thinking-man’s pop sensation, The Jigsaw Seen. Here on his first solo album, he concocts a masterful recording, playing all the instruments himself. Some of these songs are based on his father’s wartime experiences, although one doesn’t necessarily need to understand the (pretty brilliant) lyrics here to enjoy the songs. With the string arrangements and compositional instincts driven by baroque ‘60s pop sensibilities (a la Kinks and Left Banke), acoustic and fuzz guitars, this is a modern-day masterpiece that brings to mind the classic Love LP, Forever Changes. Recommended!