To say the anticipation is killing you – I wouldn’t blame you in the least.
It is enormously tough to explain the emotions or feelings one tends to get with such an astronomical level of expectation. Often times, disappointment sets in during or after the moment has finally arrived – this level of letdown, or heartache (of sorts) can only be heightened due to the sheer magnitude of the eagerness you felt leading up to that very moment. Looking at it from the other end of the spectrum – pure joy and bliss completely overtake your body, mind, heart and soul in that one brilliant moment when all your desires and previous feelings of hope are realized, to their fullest potential.
Have I set the stage for you?
After all of that emotional build-up and tension, this single review will neither disappoint, or completely overpower you – perhaps that intro was a bit of a tease…
Slaves, aka Jonny Craig‘s newest addition of band names unsteadily resting on his shoulders (or character, I should say), have now released their second taste to the eagerly awaiting public of listeners. From the track’s onset, it is clear that Craig has cleverly put aside his weird bag of tricks and is more focused than ever (we can only hope) on staying in his wheelhouse. What always seemed to bring out the best in the notorious vocalist was his dominant ability of having this absolute power over his listeners – most notably, when layered in front of a post-hardcore backdrop.
The track, which features Pierce the Veil‘s Vic Fuentes, falls partially into the Isles & Glaciers category, carrying post-hardcore elements while seamlessly presenting that pop influence that Craig’s voice naturally addresses. Pairing the two talented vocalists is a safe move – you simply know exactly what you are going to get when packaging the two voices together. The wildcard with Craig at this point, is what style of music will he fill. In his previous effort, he got a little sidetracked and decided to step away from the genre that had given him so much respect (vocal respect, that is) and success. While Pop-driven, or R&B-type music would seem to suit his style – it just didn’t work. The most impressive aspect of his voice has always seemed to be “going against the grain”, simply due to the irresistible quality or shock-factor it seems to have.
All in all, the release does what it needs to do to fill listeners with comfort and pleasure. Jonny Craig has re-focused his vocals in a genre where they belong and I am fairly positive that fans will appreciate the adjustment.