As for the music itself, it was widely acclaimed, with PopMatters calling the record “nothing short of a 21st century pop masterpiece.”
Stereogum says of epic track, “Thurgood Marshall” – “Choi’s voice is one of the most striking instruments in music today, a harsh and commanding howl that reminds me of John Darnielle, Michael Stipe, and Xiu Xiu’s Jamie Stewart but is something entirely its own. His subject matter is equally transfixing and unique, a mix of queer love songs, protest music, and savvy observations about the modern American experience.”
The song also commanded high praise from Consequence of Sound who called it one of the Top Ten Songs of the Week (9/9/16) and Vulture, who championed it as one of the 6 Best New Songs of the Week (9/13/16).
Along with the Ten Hymns… video compendium, St. Lenox will release a double CD also containing his prior effort Ten Songs About Memory and Hope (2014) and an additional track, “21st Century Post-Liberal Blues,” on June 23rd.
Upon its September 2014 release, Ten Songs About Memory and Hope was also praised by such outlets as Noisey/VICE who said of the album, “I burst into tears—big, ugly, inescapable, unbidden tears that felt like they had been stored up for ages. St. Lenox’s music has that effect, “ and “Bitter Pill” of which was said, “Man, with this song, there’s just something so bizarrely poignant about the way it makes you feel… The song’s lyricism following in the trajectory of other great storytellers in music, kind of reminding me of a blend of Rufus Wainwright and the Mountain Goats.”
And NPR made track, “Just Friends” one of their Songs We Love, quipping, “It’s hard to believe that Andy Choi, the gigantic voice behind St. Lenox, was an award-winning teenage violinist. That was back in the mid-’90s, a time the New York songwriter romanticizes to charming effect throughout his debut album… He belts out his regrets with uncanny melisma, like John Darnielle channeling Tony Clifton. As odd as it sounds, it’s a genuinely affecting effect.”
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