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Record Review - JuJu B. Solomon

JuJu B. Solomon

JuJu B. Solomon's self-titled debut embraces the voice of an outsider looking at the insides of human interaction. In "The Only American in Coimbatore," Solomon lets the freak flag fly, but is tormented by his place as a loner. Songwriters such as Will Oldham and Devendra Banhart have left an impression on Solomon, but what sets him apart from these tender troubadours is the crumbling naiveté in his world-weary tales. In "I Got Laid Twice Last Summer," he spares no details. "Punk As Fuck" pokes fun at his failed attempts at consummating teen angst. The melodies are simple, brilliant and dripping with the kind of raw emotions and ambiance that are inherent in planting the seeds of a burgeoning body of songs. 5 stars.

JuJu B. Solomon plays the Earl on Tues., Jan. 16, with Benjy Ferree and the Pleasant Intervals. $7. 9 p.m. www.badearl.com.