I first encountered Cameron Jaymes when he was an opening act on Five Iron Frenzy's final tour. While his set was simple, just him and a guitar, Jaymes impressed me with his raw talent and charm. Years later, Jaymes is finally making his proper musical debut as front man for BEC Recording's Jaymes Reunion.
After listening to the first track on Everything You've Been Looking For, I was ready to write the album off as an unfortunate misstep. The song sounds like something that would have been on a WOW compilation ten years ago, (on the first disc, not the much cooler second). However, with "Trouble," the album's second track, Jaymes Reunion convinced me to give them a second chance. I do not usually enjoy radio friendly pop music, but there is something about Jaymes Reunion's music that is irresistible. The lyrics are simple, mostly about the ups and downs of romantic relationships, the production clean, and the melodies infectious. There is nothing innovative or new about Jaymes Reunion, but that is not the point. This is the kind of music that helps you smile during rush hour, get through a breakup, or relax at a work party.
Besides the aforementioned debacle, "More Than a Day," there is little to complain about with Everything You've Been Looking For. The album's third track, "Let it Shine," is a little too eager to be a CCM hit and feels forced and somewhat cheesy. Had the band removed those two songs, the album would have been much stronger. Even so, Jaymes Reunion is a talented young band making the good kind of pop music. It is nearly impossible to be in a bad mood after listening to Everything You've Been Looking For, and it is nice to escape, if only for a little while, to a place filled with sunshine and piano keys.- Review date: 4/13/10, written by Laura Nunnery Love of Jesusfreakhideout.com
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