The good news about Jesse LaMonaca’s
new album is that, while it lacks cohesiveness, the singer-songwriter
makes up for it with an enlightened sense of pop songcraft and a voice
that the listener just can’t help but believe.
been a while since we last heard from Christmas Island. Back in
mid-2009, the indie-rock quartet was often mentioned in the same
articles as Crocodiles and Wavves as the next band to emerge from what Rolling Stone dubbed
San Diego’s “seedy” lo-fi underground.