Another solo release from notorious trouble-making vocalist Jonny Craig has been eagerly anticipated by fans for a long time now. Anyone familiar with Jonny Craig and his activity since his debut 2009 debut ‘A Dream Is A Question You Don’t Know How To Answer’ will know full well of him being kicked out of Emarosa, rejoining Dance Gavin Dance for one album, kicked out of that band again and dropped from Rise Records, along with scams involving a particular Apple product and generally his well-documented ongoing addiction with heroin.
However, maybe all of the above was necessary for us to be brought with the Jonny Craig that we have today. He’s managed to keep himself out of trouble for a long while now, he appears completely clean off of the drugs and focused on making a respectable name for himself with a solo career. Over the past few months, the baritenor extraordinare has treated us with several free-to-download covers and a few one-off singles, all of which gearing us up for his next official release, ‘Find What You Love And Let It Kill You’.
Aside from a rather rapid guitar line to close ‘Diamond’, it appears Craig has almost fully abandoned any aspect somewhat related to his more rock orientated past, from both his earlier solo work and his involvement in previous bands. Instead, what we have here is a far more direct R&B effort. We also see Craig continuing his ongoing ‘I Still Feel Her’ saga, now with the fifth installment. This time arround we see guest input from Kyle Lucas, a rapper who Craig has teamed up with in the past. Sadly, Lucas‘ input only makes the song sound a bit tacky and leaves ‘I Still Feel Her, Part V’ standing as the weakest addition to the multi-part track.
Sadly, the rest of the EP sounds very much the same as one another. Previous single and EP opener ‘The Lives We Live’ lacks any oomph, ‘The Upgrade’ portrays a lovely story about Craig finding and proposing to his fiancee but other than that everything else just bleeds into one another. It almost becomes a bit of a chore to listen to all the way through and, though Craig can still wail like no other, his vocal ability seems to be the only worthwhile feature throughout the EP. Compared to his other efforts, the songwriting is weak, the hooks are very blunt and the instrumentation is bordering on monotonous.
While on one hand ‘Find What You Love And Let It Kill You’ finally brings us a healthy and strong work ethic Jonny Craig, it also brings us what is unfortunately some of his most labourous to enjoy material to date. This might just be Jonny Craig starting to get back into the swing of composing a full body of work, or maybe it’s a look into a Jonny Craig that may be in need of a bit of label direction. Either way, there’s not much to be excited about with ‘Find What You Love And Let It Kill You’.
Written by Zach Redrup