Adrian James Croceby A.J. Croce
When the son of the late pop legend Jim Croce popped on the scene in the early '90s, he was still in a developing Ray Charles phase, showing off his affinity for stride and jazz piano playing to accompany his likeable vocals. Over the years, he has slowly moved away from those areas and developed into a still engaging but slightly less unique singer/songwriter more influenced by the Beatles, the Beach Boys, Squeeze and Elvis Costello. Stamping his full name on this release -- which was released on his own label and features members of Costello's backing group -- clues us in on the idea that he's finally found his true identity -- and the hooks and harmonies are pretty irresistible. He starts with the pure romantic harmony pop of "Don't Let Me Down," then spends most of the rest of the disc showing off some of those still strong influences, from the Beatlesque "Baby Tonight" and "Upside Down" (shades of "Golden Slumbers") to the Beach Boys- type voice textures of "Too Soon." Colorful piano chording and clever lyrics on "I Believe" ring in the Randy Newman vibe as well, and there's some tender introspection (complete with a wistful mandolin harmony) on "Cold." It's still a kick to hear him bring the past up to the present, even if he's a few decades ahead of where the journey began.
- Release Date:
- Eleven Thirty
Performance CreditsA.J. Croce Primary Artist,Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Davey Faragher Bass
Nick Kirgo Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
Greg Leisz Mandolin
Dave Howard Singers Background Vocals
Phil Smith Background Vocals
Gregory Page Background Vocals
Michael Bizar Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Elijah Croce Background Vocals
David Curtis Bass
Technical CreditsA.J. Croce Composer,String Arrangements,Audio Production
Michael Vail Blum Audio Production
Herman Jackson String Arrangements
Steve Poltz Composer
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Adrian James Croce is the best A.J. Croce C.D. yet! The hardest part is to decide which song is my favorite. It just keeps me listening to them all...Over and over.
Lest there was any dispute before, A. J. is definitely there now. This CD is great from start to finish, from the strong bass line backing in "Don't Let Me" to the group jam and chorus of "How Long." A.J.'s voice is pure and strong throughout, the songs catchy but not sappy, excellently arranged piano, mandolin and guitar. My favorite -- "Almost Angeline." Trust me, buy this CD -- you'll find yourself listening to it over and over and humming the tunes long after.