Reviews

Ballyhoo

June 8, 2021

New York-based singer/songwriter Chris St. John has come as close as I think any real musician can get to making their “The Wall.”

St. John has crafted a masterpiece of sorts that will be an emotional highpoint for the rest of his career, and provide a catharsis for those addicted to the power of empathy in music.

 

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Melody Maker

June 8, 2021

His songs are like stepping into a movie theater of the mind as we sonically play through all these heady experiences, complete with reprieves, sound effects, and even an end-credits theme.

 

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Indie Music Reviews

June 8, 2021

Filled with heart and a distinct vocal performance from St. John that will reverberate in your heart and soul.

 

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Razorfish

June 8, 2021

St. John is a natural storyteller whose command of words and structure illuminates the darkest and brightest spots of human memory and lust. It is one of the best albums you will listen to this year.

 

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MobAngeles

June 7, 2021

There’s a fullness across the album that nurtures the soul with how deeply we delve into the mind of St. John and really begin to unpack his feelings of both sincere appreciation and some certainly surprising trauma.

 

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African Hype

April 29, 2021

Chris St. John, unquestionably an artist well ahead of his stage in the music scene, has phenomenally revolutionized the way people experience country music, and the talented guitarist has incorporated his own unique elements to make it very appealing.

 

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Rootstime.be (Translated)

April 29, 2021

Most of the time, the records that we receive through promoter Billy James of “Glass Onyon PR” belong to the louder progressive rock genre. He now positively surprises us with sending the album “I’m Dreaming” by Chris St. John. He is a professional lawyer and judge, but also a folk singer and songwriter from Long Island, an island off the Atlantic coast of the United States that is part of the state of New York.

The fifteen-track debut album does not contain a song called “I’m Dreaming”, but those words are repeated hundreds of times in the opening track “I Need A Horse”. Listening to this album will remind you of the work of someone like storyteller James Taylor. Still, we find Chris St. John’s songs more catchy and melodic than James Taylor’s songs.

In the videos, we have added two such songs to this review. They are the beautiful love songs “I’d Send You My Heart” and “I Called You Rose”, the first single from this album, that you can listen to there. But that certainly does not include all the beautiful songs written by Chris St. John himself that you can hear on “I’m Dreaming” because also “Your Baby Loves You”, the country waltz “Two Tender Angels”, introduced by a nice trumpet call. “A Box For Jewels”, “Looking At The Sky” and the epic “Never Forget The Day / Walk Through The Forest” belong to our list of favorite songs from this album.

He sings on various subjects, from the love for his wife Elisabeth to the birth of his son John to the tragic loss of both his parents. The sudden death of a family member in a car accident, an alcohol addiction and a coma in which he lay after a serious illness are also discussed in his lyrics. In addition to the thirteen own songs, Chris St. John also brings one cover version of the traditional ”Peggy O’”, an original Scottish folk song also known as “The Bonnie Lass Of Fyvie-O” and which was previously covered by ao Jerry Garcia and his band ‘Grateful Dead’, Bob Dylan and the American alternative rock group ‘The National’.

Chris St. John says he wrote most of these often personal songs over a period of about 30 years, except for four songs that were only written in the last few months before recording. As far as we are concerned, he certainly doesn’t have to take that long to come up with a second equally beautiful album like this “I’m Dreaming”.

 

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Curious for Music

April 28, 2021

“I Called You Rose” is a gorgeous mellow folk-tinged track with guitar, accordion and a rich vocal arrangement comprising of Chris’s lead and a soothing, female backing.

 

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Daily Music Roll

April 25, 2021

An album rarely resonates with the musical dynamics of one’s heart but Chris St. John is certainly treading that path with his acoustic glory.

 

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Beach Sloth

April 23, 2021

Right in the center of the whole album, as its very beating heart, comes the power of his voice. Smooth and inviting, his voice contains multitudes.

 

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Jukebox Mind

April 22, 2021

Masterful mixing and clean production quality create a stand-out album for fans of easy listening and light rock. The critically acclaimed Long Island singer/songwriter showcases his vulnerability with authentic stories about his own life, troubles, and triumphs.

 

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Mike O’Cull

April 22, 2021

Gorgeous acoustic guitar tones frame his tales of life, lost love, addiction, and recovery and are supported by keys, fiddle, and pedal steel. St. John’s vocal style is equally chilled out and laid back but listen closely because his lyrics never shy away from his personal truth.

 

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Words in the Earth

April 9, 2021

I’d Send You My Heart is the stunning closing track to the album that combines all the melancholy of his song-writing style into a simple but perfectly formed ballad. Telling the story of a lost loved one, the track approaches a theme that is familiar and relatable with a deeply personal touch.

 

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Lifestyle Republic

April 2, 2021

The tracks on the LP offer many personal experiences that Chris had, some good and some tragic. From the loss of love to a special gift from his grandmother it makes you feel like you are there, and he is telling you his stories.

 

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Skope

April 2, 2021

I’m Dreaming makes it all possible. Even in his subtle context and every-man voice, St. John makes the impossible feel achievable. He’s an inspiring songwriter with masterful guitar playing skills. He’s a gifted storyteller.

 

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NeuFutur Magazine

April 2, 2021

St. John brings songs to life that are easy to run back-to-back over and over. These are songs for the weekend, for summer days and for simple enjoyment. Already he’s released two singles, “I Called You Rose” and the enchanting “I’d Send You My Heart”. Both of these are excellent choices for singles, but there’s not a bad apple in the bunch.

 

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Independent Music and Arts, Inc.

April 1, 2021

If you’re a fan of songs that feel right on a Sunday afternoon, and songs that get you in the mood to wander around in your imagination for a while – I’m Dreaming is a collection of tracks you should check out. I can now say I’ve heard some really interesting songs and artists like Chris St. John continue to excite my love for indie music, especially singer/songwriters. He’s outstanding and shouldn’t be overlooked.

 

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Vents Magazine

April 1, 2021

He makes even the ordinary piano, the honey-dipped guitar, sound extraordinary.

 

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IndiePulse Music

April 1, 2021

His lovely voice is so respectful and honest. I think this song could also be about anyone reaching for their dreams and maybe enduring tragedy. St. John’s joy is contagious and this song lingered with me for hours. I kept returning to it.

 

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The Hollywood Digest

March 31, 2021

Hold onto my heart, he sings. His voice is dreamlike, but refreshingly honest. This song struck me as a love letter to the lost souls or the close family members St. John has lost in his life. I’m reminded of stories where letters are written and stuffed in a bottle and thrown to sea. You hope they are read, but so many go unanswered. I believe in my heart, and from the sound of St. John’s voice, that he knows his words are being heard.

 

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Mob York City

March 31, 2021

The guitar work is magic. It sprinkles the perfect amount of drama amongst the song’s length. I loved the levity of the instrumentation. He gathers the strings as if there were an army of acoustic guitars playing, but alas, I think it’s just him at the helm. He’s a confident and powerful guitarist.

 

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Too Much Love Magazine

March 31, 2021

St. John’s rhythmic tones in the guitar are not the only thing that stands out. The song also has a boost from a soothing, melodic electric keyboard. I think this sound cultivates a relaxing, content feeling. So does St. John’s voice. He takes out all the pain and the sorrow of grief. I felt like he was singing to someone in heaven, someone he can’t see in person any longer. He wants to send them messages of love and care.

 

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Indieshark Music Magazine

March 31, 2021

“I’d Send You My Heart” plays out like a man giving his true feelings for a long lost friend, or putting it out into the universe knowing it will be unanswered.

 

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Colin Jordan

March 31, 2021

Chris St. John is a remarkable new singer/songwriter with a voice that can move mountains. A mesmerizing, hush of a voice, he sings from the heart in his single “I’d Send You My Heart”.

 

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ARTpublika Magazine

March 30, 2021

Simply put, Chris St. John put out a thoroughly beautiful album; everything about I’m Dreaming is very, very well done. From his message of hope to his impressive skills as a musician, there is a lot to appreciate on the record.

 

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Muzique Magazine

March 24, 2021

Comprising 15-tracks, the album begins with “I Need a Horse,” rolling out on an undulating country-flavored melody riding a mid-tempo rhythm. Drawling guitar colors imbue the tune with Jimmy Buffet-like textures, luminous and creamy.

 

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Pop Off

January 14, 2021

“I Called You Rose” opens on velvety, rolling flavors of SoCal country-rock topped by Chris’ deliciously, rich tenor, exuding warmth and affection. A fat, rounded bassline and finessed percussion imbue the rhythm with contagious, undulating textures.

The lyrics narrate his previous love affair with alcohol, a toxic relationship of disturbing tendency.

Smooth, laid-back, and marvelously lush, “I Called You Rose” is wonderfully wrought.

 

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NeuFutur Magazine

January 12, 2021

Chris St. John’s I Called You Rose has a traditional rock sound that melds together performers as diverse as John Denver and Billy Joel. There’s a bit of a more traditional, even 19th-century approach to St. John’s single that will stick with listeners long after the song ceases. The instrumentation that bubbles forth at points during I Called You Rose hangs with Chris’s voice. There’s a robustness, a richness to the production here that makes everything work. Utterly familiar while still giving Chris St. John ample opportunity to forge his own unique pathway, I Called You Rose will have toes tapping for the foreseeable future.

 

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