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In the Jukebox: JamiSun

A review of the Charleston songwriter's solo disc

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JamiSun
All I've Got for Now

(independent)

Songwriter JamiSun's (a.k.a. Jamisun Hodge) 14-song set feels like two very different albums crammed into one catch-all audio document. The title of this solo debut may literally mean "all he has for now," but it sounds like he's advancing into two directions at once.

JamiSun shows off his warm rhythm guitar style and his guitar solo chops on most of the songs — from the Latin-tinged instrumental "Zihuatanejo" (a dual acoustic guitar piece that kicks things off) to the more pop-rock styled "2 Face Show" and reggae accented "Time Machine." His vocal range is broad, and he seems most genuinely emotive at his raspiest, especially on the slower, more melodic ballads — many of which feature gorgeous guitar lines plucked on nylon strings.

The heavier stuff, like rock anthems "Facade" and "Surgery," rely a little too much on saturated guitar distortion and outdated rock-god flare — like remnants from older, angrier demos. The mid-tempo "Save Myself" is the stand-out track of the bunch. Perfectly arranged and executed, there's enough space and groove for JamiSun's tuneful lyrical lines to stand out, plus his mini solos on the acoustic guitar flutter between verses without getting in the way.

All I've Got for Now sounds crisp and clean, but it suffers from a split personality, swerving from heartfelt acoustic balladry to stormy, metallic riffathons. (jamisun.com)

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