The newest effort by St Christopher is a much more confident album than his Aeria debut, which was a great start, if not a little hesitant. But, on this multi-layered affair, he opens the floodgates as he defines his direction more firmly. On his prior release, The Art of Dreaming (2005), St Christopher showed a lot of promise, especially with his guitar playing even if it was a little chained up. However, on his latest, Keep It Sweet, he doesn’t hold back. I’m happy to hear that he has made his guitar playing more central to his songs as it is really a focal point to his vastly improved new songs. On this album, with his electronics, his background vocals, and his guitar, St Christopher plays through 12 songs of strength.
I find all of the songs to be well crafted but there are a few exemplary tunes that stand out. The reggae-flavoured “The Nick of Time” is a great tune to come back to, as I did quite frequently. The reggae style is one that he feels comfortable with as he uses it again in the next track, “Love Sick,” “Never Alone,” and again in “Forgive Me.” The opener track, “Keep It Sweet” employs some good guitar licks with an excellent chorus. However, he really knows how to put a song together.
It’s not going to be long before people start recognizing this talent, as long as he keeps progressing the way that he has between his very good debut and his much improved second album. Keep It Sweet is a work to be enjoyed. St Christopher has his mojo workin’ on Keep It Sweet and it doesn’t seem to be failin’ him.