Dave Monks goes solo route with terrific ‘All Signs Point to Yes’

Dave Monks‘All Signs Point to Yes’
Dave Monks (Dine Alone)
4 stars out of 5

I’ve been a fan of Canadian indie rockers Tokyo Police Club since their 2008 breakthrough album “Elephant Shell,” so I had high hopes for this debut EP from TPC bandleader Dave Monks. In a year where frontmen seem to be going solo at an alarming rate (fun.’s Nate Ruess, The Killers’ Brandon Flowers), Monks acquits himself quite well on the six-track “All Signs Point to Yes.”

Dave Monks CDIt’s an earnest and intimate collection of tunes in which Monks stripped away all the trappings of the studio.

“It’s definitely honest,” he says. “It could be too honest for some people but I’m in a really good spot and wrote a bunch of sweet songs. I appreciate the connection that comes from sharing something that somebody might not have seen, that’s not visible to the naked eye. “

There isn’t a bad song in the bunch — my only gripe, such as it is, is that there aren’t MORE tunes to enjoy here — with Monks especially effective on “Vegas,” set highlight “Gasoline,” “Miss You” and “Heartbeat Blues.” Tokyo Police Club are a great band, but I hope finds more time to dabble on his own again at some point. (Jeffrey Sisk)

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