STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 83501-15849 LABEL: BEC Recordings FORMAT: CD EP ITEMS: 1 RRP: £6.99
Reviewed by Ben Martin
Hailing from Bakersfield California, The Jaymes Reunion have slowly begun to work their way forward in the Christian music scene and when signed by BEC Records, released 'The Fine' EP in 2008 then expanded to this 6-song EP in 2009. The influences of artists such as Paul Mcartney and Switchfoot stated by founding member Cameron Jaymes is certainly noticeable, especially on opening tracks "Fine" and "Let It Shine" but do not let this fool you into thinking, "Aha, Plagiarism!" Far from it, The Jaymes Reunion have brought a seriously fresh and infectious kick to a scene which many now see as rather stale. Combining contagious grooves and riffs with uplifting, exciting lyrics, the band have managed to create a rather distinctive sound. Taking a foray into the acoustic, the middle three tracks are all in this vein but don't think you will be bored by this because they manage to keep a power and a passion whilst sucking you in until you realise that you are completely engrossed by Cameron's soaring vocals over the tasteful piano and guitar tracks. Finishing off with an unexpected and faithful cover of "I Want You Back" by The Jackson Five, this is a high quality release discerning music lovers will want to search out.
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