The words from the artist’s own Facebook Page offer an immediate humor from this veteran of the stage who also adds…
“I have been singing and writing songs and in and out of bands for longer than I care to remember.”
His solo work includes 2007’s The Paper Planes EP, 2018’s The Outside Looking In, a literal library of other EPs & Singles, and of course, this year’s, Jiggery Pokery, a lively and spirited collection of yesteryear rock songs with undeniably sparkling personality which we can only assume comes from Canning himself.
“An idea in your head that came from nothing being played back to you by incredible musicians is truly something.”
HERE’S WHAT WE DUG MOST…
Opening with the album title track, Jiggery Pokery (a slang term which roughly means deceitful or dishonest behavior), Canning’s hand-crafted old-school brand of radio-rock feels like the Stones cut a track with Petty. The performance is crisp and the lyrics could only have come from a stage & music industry vet; a guy who perhaps has seen a bit too much—and still comes back for more…
“Angel of darkness why you calling
Like a siren singing out to sea
You’ve got your Saturday face on and I’m falling
Like an apple from a family tree
My mama told me to look out, oh yeah
For the butterflies around the rose
I’m in the business of messing up tonight
Then I’m never going back, going back
All this jiggery pokery…”
A lovely dedication to an undying love, The Ballad Of Mr. Pancakes, has a soft, mid-90’s college rock ambiance.
“I just need some time alone
I’m movin’ to the moon…”
In a fine bit of contrast, the piano-centric, The Tears From The Stars, gently rolls its way across the center of the album leaving a delightfully Beatles-esque aftertaste as it departs.
The cathartic and encouraging, Part Of The Plan, leaves everything to faith and effort. Be sure to stick around for the climatically soothing vocal harmony at the conclusion.
Up until this moment, I’ve kept quiet about the Billy Joel-esque undertones I hear on this record. But no longer! Everybody’s Out For Themselves confirms this in composition, performance and writing! Well done!
Just when you think you’ve got Canning nailed down, he tosses the Dylan-styled, 100 Years, at you and ends the album with it, no less! Little more than an acoustic guitar and Paul’s crystalline vocal timbre carry the album to conclusion in this reflective and lovely confessional. (It’s just possible that Paul is a hopeless romantic—in the best of ways.)
A vocal presence made for this genre. A blueprint-style yesteryear brand of rock’n’roll. A highly-entertaining instance of near-perfect technical production. Paul Canning’s latest album, Jiggery Pokery, shows a master-level of proficiency in every area of creation: composition, writing, instrumental & vocal performances, as well as production & engineering.
We’ve said it before on a number of occasions—the current electronic-musical movement is well and good. But it is always entirely refreshing to encounter a bit of music which was crafted by hand, using time-aged musical skill, a slow & patient writing process, and real computer-free instruments. This labored effort comes through in the music. The difference between creating and composing, VS. chopping and arranging—this has an end-result feel, a softness, an authenticity that is ultimately undeniable. Fans of that brand of singer-songwriter-rock will adore this album.
The Rolling Stones meet Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers with just a dash of Billy Joel…
BELOW: Listen to Paul Canning’s new album, Jiggery Pokery, and connect with his social media platforms. Please support Paul Canning by visiting him online, and playing, downloading, and/or purchasing his music, or attending a live show! And, as always, thank you for supporting real music!