One of These Days

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All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
It's theoretically a Hawaiian album, by a Hawaiian artist, but John Cruz's sophomore effort opens up with a bang straight out of modern blues. The album-opening title track has a thumping beat, a strong delivery, and a groove built in that'd make Harry Connick jealous. From there, the album moves into slightly more of a Hawaiian mode, using as a springboard the R&B of "If That's the Way She Wants It" -- a throwback to some of the early-'90s mainstream sounds, but with a more authentic jam session feel courtesy of Cruz's guitar and backing band. With "Hurricane," the album finally makes its full landing in Hawaiian sounds, with an almost stereotypically island-like ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
It's theoretically a Hawaiian album, by a Hawaiian artist, but John Cruz's sophomore effort opens up with a bang straight out of modern blues. The album-opening title track has a thumping beat, a strong delivery, and a groove built in that'd make Harry Connick jealous. From there, the album moves into slightly more of a Hawaiian mode, using as a springboard the R&B of "If That's the Way She Wants It" -- a throwback to some of the early-'90s mainstream sounds, but with a more authentic jam session feel courtesy of Cruz's guitar and backing band. With "Hurricane," the album finally makes its full landing in Hawaiian sounds, with an almost stereotypically island-like delivery. By the time he hits "Hi'ilawe," Cruz has shifted out of English for the lyrics. The album bounces back and forth between contemporary Hawaiian and R&B balladry for the duration, with the exception of another outstandingly strong show of the blues in "Baby's Gone Blues," letting Cruz pull out the electrics for the backing band (as well as a fine lap steel courtesy of Greg Leisz) -- and start shoutin' the way it seems he was meant to do. The mix of styles here can be both a blessing and a curse -- while it could prove a bit incoherent for casual listeners just looking for some nice contemporary Hawaiian, the sheer shows of force in the various styles could leave others wishing for a full album of the blues, or of R&B, or straightforward Hawaiian.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/25/2007
  • Label: Lilikoi Records
  • UPC: 892625001025
  • Catalog Number: 2
  • Sales rank: 113,536

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 One of These Days (5:43)
  2. 2 If That's the Way She Wants It (4:37)
  3. 3 Hurricane (3:59)
  4. 4 Missing You (4:39)
  5. 5 Hi'ilawe (3:49)
  6. 6 Angel (4:31)
  7. 7 Dream Song (4:01)
  8. 8 Heart Becomes the Weight (3:59)
  9. 9 Let Us Dream (5:48)
  10. 10 Baby's Gone Blues (5:02)
  11. 11 Be There (3:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Cruz Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Steel Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Contrabass Guitar, Guitar (Nylon String)
Steve Berlin Baritone Saxophone
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
James Gadson Drums
Greg Leisz Dobro, Lap Steel Guitar
Reggie McBride Electric Bass
Earl McIntyre Tuba, Euphonium, Sousaphone
Glenn Worf Electric Bass, Upright Bass
John Caban Electric Guitar
Nir Z. Drums
Bennett Paster Piano, Hammond Organ, Clavinet, Wurlitzer
Eric Lynn Harmonium
Peter Hernandez Background Vocals
Jeff Bhasker Piano, Hammond Organ, Wurlitzer, Hammond B3
Imua Garza Background Vocals
Tiffa Garza Background Vocals
Vincent Chauncey French Horn
Bennet Paster Clavinet
Mark Herschler Guitar (Nylon String)
Mai Bloomfield Cello
Technical Credits
Milan Bertosa Mastering
Michael Grande Engineer
Jon Kaplan Engineer
Ernie Cruz Jr. Composer
Jon de Mello Concept
Bennett Paster Engineer
Keith Usher Concept
John Cruz Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Joe Keenan Composer
Artie Rutledge Audio Production
Mark Johnson Engineer
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