The Solipsistics

Careful How You Go

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Another reflective, adroit LP of humbly heartfelt little hummers by Jeffrey Own McGregor, the one-man Solipsistic. Just like 1998's Wish in One Hand, this singer/songwriter doesn't need anybody else, other than typically deft producer Earle Mankey. Additional musicians might clutter up the sparse effectiveness of McGregor's daunting, doom-laden solo piano on "The Devil You Know" or the more winsome nature of most songs such as "You Can Tell Me" and the melancholic, beautiful "Everyone Is You." "Take Me Back" might start with the cadence of Iggy Pop's Ziggy Stardust opener "Five Years," but quickly evolves into a busier, invigorating pop tune with chorus harmonies, not far from what Suddenly, Tammy! were doing. Never mind Tori Amos or Ben Folds: McGregor uses his fingers to explore the places that only a piano can reach in pensive timber, with the now-and-then guitar, bass, and drums as mere icing on a song-based cake. Above all, one finds ideas and words of some small soul-searching, two qualities in too short supply nowadays. Now if only one could find this CD in the stores! It can be found online, though. (mailroom@frigidisk.com, www.frigidisc.com)