Jonny Craig - A Dream Is A Question You Don't Know How To Answer

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Pop, R&B
Rise Records
Jonny Craig
A Dream Is A Question You Don't Know How To Answer
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Oh, Jonny Craig, is there anything you can't do? Most commonly known for his work in Emarosa and previous stint with Dance Gavin Dance, Craig is giving a try to going it alone with his debut solo album, A Dream Is A Question You Don't Know How To Answer. This sometimes rocky, sometimes groovy outing finds Craig further flexing his vocal prowess in a more stripped down setting than that of the projects that line his quite lengthy resume. Craig knows he has a voice, and he's not afraid to use it.

“So Many Of Us Hide Our Black Hearts” opens the album in a rather dull fashion; repetitive strumming, wrapped in ghostly ambiance and occasional xylophone. Odd. We are then met with “Istillfeelher Part III,” a track that draws it's roots from the tail end of Emarosa's 2008 release, Relativity. Craig's signature croon shines beautifully through this tale of regret. One nice thing about Craig's vocals is the fact that he hits on every high and every low on an extreme emotional level and does it without relying on rehashed techniques.

“What I Would Give To Be Australian” sees the album into it's first groove as Craig's versatility is brought to front with his almost uncanny ability to transition from the highest of highs to a subtle whimper with the utmost of ease. Serving as the proverbial icing on the cake, the track features Christopher de Cinque of progressive rock hopefuls Closure In Moscow and Allison Green of Millionaires fame*. Ending on a high, yet emotionally low note, the album wraps up with “Children Of Divorce,” a saddening outing featuring Craig and a lone acoustic guitar.

A Dream... was a welcome surprise and is definitely recommended to anyone who enjoys Craig working his day job with the boys of Emarosa. While he has been at the helm at some of the greatest post-hardcore releases in the past few years, he can now certainly add a great solo album to his repertoire.

* As much as it pains me to say this, it was a welcome change to actually hear her sing as opposed to the “bitching to rhythm” that the Millionaires are most known for.

1. So Many Of Us Hide Our Black Hearts
2. Istillfeelher PartIII
3. What I Would Give To Be Australian
4. I've Been Hearing That You're Freaky
5. 7 AM, 2 Bottles And The Wrong Road
6. The Garbage Pail Kid Gang Bang
7. Taking Time For All The Wrong Things
8. No Matter How Hard I Dig They Always See Right Through Me
9. I'm Jonny Craig Bitch And I Drive In Reverse!
10. Children Of Divorce

Jonny Craig is a Canadian singer and scam artist. He scams innocent fans into sending him hundreds of dollars in exchange for a laptop. Only, he doesn't make with the laptop and spends the money on heroin. It is unknown whether or not he has been reported to the Cyber Police or the State Police. However, it is known that consequences will never be the same.

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