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CD REVIEW: Elonzo's A Letter to a Friend 

THE DEAL: Rock Hill-based Elonzo releases sophomore effort.

THE GOOD: The band quickly establishes its brand of Americana within the first few bars of the rolling and rollicking lead track, "Chosen One." Hints of slide guitar and an Allman Brothers-like ending scale set the tone for what's to follow. Singer Jeremy Davis uses a smooth singing tone that matches the acoustic feel of the band. His vocals show strength without being overpowering and emotion without being emo, situated nicely over the instrumental curtain behind him. "Living Will" takes on a bit of a country tone with hints of female harmonies from Davis' sister Maggie Bourdeau. The band has as much talent to keep things mellow, see "Don't Be Downhearted," as they do to speed it up and build energy, see "Fight Fight Fight." They can lean toward country on "Cold Cold Heart" and rock things right out on "I Think I Thought."

THE BAD: I would have liked the harmonies to be mixed a bit stronger and used more often — the vocals from Davis and Bordeau compliment each other nicely, as is often found in families.

THE VERDICT: The band's 10 tracks show that Charlotte's Southern neighbor is a damn fine part of the overall area music scene. Elonzo's second album shows a growth from the debut and a glimpse of a promising future.

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