As a journalist whose byline has appeared in such publications as Entertainment Weekly and M Music & Musicians, Cannon has soaked up the finest in country, rockabilly and pop. As a musician he reveals his connoisseurship here, loading his debut with hooks, subtle humor and, above all, heart. Along the way he faces heartache, joblessness and treacherous women—check out “Weapons of Mass Seduction”—but always keeps his cool. “We can share a love beyond compare,” he sings on “Strong Enough for Love,” the rolling drums and sweet sentiment invoking Buddy Holly. Rock scribes are often dismissed as frustrated musicians, but Cannon can’t be so easily denied: He hops the writer-performer gap like a crack in the sidewalk.