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


3.5
great

Review

by Bitstream USER (21 Reviews)
August 19th, 2009 | 87 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: In risk of inflating Jonny's already volatile ego, this really isn't that bad.

Jonny Craig, a man surrounded by more fuss than the scene girls made when what's-his-face from BlessTheFall joined Escape the Fate. Whether you know him from his douchebaggery or his new found chumminess with ex-Chiodos frontman Craig Owens doesn't matter. What you should note him for is he's a damn good singer. His earliest shining moments hail from Dance Gavin Dance's debut Downtown Battle Mountain, a band and album he's worked very hard to distance himself from. Anyone who knows anything about DGD knows that certain personality issues clashed repeatedly within the band, leading to Jonny's departure and an unsure future for the group. But they moved on, and apparently so did Jonny, toying with a few bands before settling with Emarosa, a collective beheaded without their singer (who moved on to Agraceful, see a pattern?). Jonny was the heart and soul of DGD with his voice, and now he's made himself the heart and soul of Emarosa. So what does this siren sound like singing from his own heart? This album gives us a pretty good guess.

All Jonny drama aside, the album is catchy. Mixing acoustic doodles and powerful strums over a bed of catchy electro-esque beats gives the formula for this highly enjoyable record. The occasional synth based backing line adds a little depth and complexity to the sound. All along, his signature soul-ey voice provides the center piece, crooning in and around the melodies and unlike the Emarosa debut, skillfully illustrates his new found vocal flair. This is beginning to sound like Jonny himself wrote this, but he should be held as one of the best voices in the modern music scene. Even the voice cracks of Downtown Battle Mountian had power and aesthetics, and this album is those aesthetics put into a simple, catchy sound.

The songs are very same-y, the pattern of dancey drums and complex wanky arpeggios in each song swirl everything into one big blur. The musical songwriting deserves props in many scenarios, but would not sustain itself on it's own. This just brings Jonny's voice back into the picture, because, well, he makes it work. The lyrics are not the greatest, but they don't hurt his vocal performance, either. Here's an example, with some bolding just to make a little point:

"All that's left is my heavy breathing,
A place where my head spins.
Everything in between us comes out,
It's calling me up, it's calling me.

Do you think I ever cared?
Let me prove you all wrong.

Before you open your mouth,
Let me make it clear.
I can't be blocked in.
It's why I stand so high"

Not the best, but not the worst. He settles into a lyrical field with many bands of the same caliber of writing, unfortunately, with more self-reference than Kanye West.

In the end, Jonny flexes his cords again, turning to catchy pop-rock tunes that are certainly worth a repeated listen. While it won't beat out any of your favorite albums, A Dream Is A Question You Don't Know How To Answer is still fun, energetic, and a great little pick me up for those last few fleeting bits of summer.


NOTE: Jonny, I know you're probably going to read this. So I'd like to say you should make a new Dance Gavin Dance. Please. With people you actually like. PLEASE. That is all.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Knott-
Emeritus
August 19th 2009


10198 Comments


review reads like 3-3.5 but s'cool

Bitstream
August 19th 2009


296 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, it's generic, but at the time I was like "I THOUGHT THIS WOULD SUCK, BUT IT'S CATCHY!"

I will lower it.

Knott-
Emeritus
August 19th 2009


10198 Comments


haha.

idk who this guy is, why do you assume he will read this review?!

Douglas
August 19th 2009


9174 Comments


http://www.myspace.com/jonnycraig

Guys an absolute douche

Bitstream
August 19th 2009


296 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

His ego is so big you have no idea.

Like... seriously.

He's going to read it because he's very interested in himself. He's even going to read these comments and hate me!

Bitstream
August 19th 2009


296 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

There's a video on youtube, he got someone to film him in his car lifting five pound weights, he says this.

"Hey, I'm just workin out in the car, listening to my own songs. We do this."

HE EVEN STATED IT.

Look at how many of the song titles directly or indirectly reference himself. Using the word "I" even.

Douglas
August 19th 2009


9174 Comments


What I Would Give To Be Australian

What is this about? As an Aussie I would like to know!

Knott-
Emeritus
August 19th 2009


10198 Comments


5. 7 AM, Two Bottles, and the Wrong Road is a good title

On the other hand, 9. I'm Jonny Craig Bitch, and I Drive in Reverse

Bitstream
August 19th 2009


296 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The picture of him on the MySpace used to take up the whole top thing, by the way.

And he wants your seductive accent. ;)

Douglas
August 19th 2009


9174 Comments


Sick

shortone323
August 19th 2009


883 Comments


Review is pretty good, little awkward in parts, especially the intro. As for the album, I was listening to this last night, and it's not too bad. His voice is amazing. Too bad he split from Dance Gavin Dance, Emarosa is really not that great. And I think track 9's title is hilarious lol

Bitstream
August 19th 2009


296 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The Emarosa debut with him was like... what the hell?

And I'll clean up the into a little, this was literally written at two thirty in the morning.

shortone323
August 19th 2009


883 Comments


Yea if you do that I'll prolly pos. I went to see a show where Emarosa headlined and I just left when they came on. Hopefully theyll have something better on their next album.

Bitstream
August 19th 2009


296 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I fixed the intro a little bit. And the only good Emarosa song imo is The Past Should Stay Dead. I don't know why it has 50+ plays in it's entirety on my iTunes. I used to play it at work, and I still don't even like it.

drasticaction74
August 19th 2009


1757 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

jonny's good. let him have his ego. no matter what we say, he's still gonna be in love with himself.

Kronzo
August 20th 2009


994 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is a pretty chill album that's still a lot of fun. I think he's breaking the mold a little bit compared to relativity. Good review. But i would have liked to hear a bit more about some specific content although you give us a good overall feel.

Bitstream
August 20th 2009


296 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well, Relativity wasn't a solo thing. And it's chill, yeah. I don't think I can ever hate him, though. His voice is too good.

TMobotron
Contributing Reviewer
August 20th 2009


7150 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Relativity was the same song 12 times in a row. That's probably why you like The Past Should Stay Dead the most. It was the only song on the album that didn't sound the same as the one before it lolol.

But really that was the best song on a lame album. Getting this now for his voice, and its been stated but i wanted to say too he really is a huge douche.

Douglas
August 20th 2009


9174 Comments


TAAAAILORED SHEETS!

That's the only good part of that whole album.

jonny's good. let him have his ego. no matter what we say, he's still gonna be in love with himself.

Is that you Jonny?

Bitstream
August 20th 2009


296 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, that intro I liked. And in Emarosa, he stopped going epileptically awesome by yelling his heart out. Emarosa he was just... whinefaes.

But hes awesome when he yells.

I don't know why, but I was walking around one day thinking about how amazing it would be if he replaced the two singers of The Number Twelve Looks Like You, and used mainly his powerful singing. It was a strange thought. But I thought it would be awesome.



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