Depending on how you look at it, Santi Santogold White is either a fresh new artist or an old pro exploring new territory. Her industry resume is impressive with song-writing credits in a variety of genres, experience as a label exec, and stage time as part of the Punk band Stiffed. Nevertheless, releasing her first solo album is a horse of a different color (hey maybe thats what the L.E.S. Artistes video is about). For a musician with the range of Santogold, the project is an exciting opportunity, but a huge challenge to her creative stamina. Her semi-self-titled debut doesnt meet that challenge quite as well as it could, but it still shows that its a challenge shes up for. The frustrating thing about Santogold is that, in the best moments, its legitimately incredible. Creator focuses Whites energy into auditory canon fire while Starstruck has a hypnotic darkness thats difficult to escape. On the lighter side, Unstoppable blends traditional Caribbean Pop with unexpected modern flourishes that add up to a fresh interpretation of the style. Lesser artists would be overshadowed by the dense production, but Santis expressive vocals keep her in the spotlight. Unfortunately, while she feels natural in all of her varied styles, Santogolds theoretically impressive diversity is the biggest problem with the album as a whole.While there are a lot of individually great songs here, they never really come together to form any clear direction. The purely Punk attempts (Youll Find a Way) dont play well with the grimey Electronic ones (the Youll Find a Way remix). Since they arent necessarily great to begin with, the Rock based tracks waste space on a tracklist with only eleven unique songs. White is apparently attempting to prove a point about her Punk roots, but since she doesnt innovate from within that genre anywhere near as much as she does in others, she actually does herself a disservice.By the end, its hard to really get a clear picture of what Santogold is supposed to be. She has a large arsenal of talents but by trying to use them all at once, White has somewhat overplayed her hand. Even still, Santogold herself is a captivating artist who comes close enough to living up to her hype; maybe she hasnt given us quantity of quality that shes capable of, but the two-thirds of this album that work are well worth a few clicks on the fast-forward button.