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Album Review

A.J. Croce has been issuing smartly composed roots rock/pop for quite some time now, and he continues to do so on his 2009 release, Cage of Muses. Issued via his own record label, Seedling Records, Croce has certainly studied his classic rock records, as the album is one heck of a tuneful listen from front to back. And while the instrumentation may certainly be of the "vintage" variety, you just have to give a listen to the album's first three tracks to see that Croce is not confined to one approach: case in point, the Traveling Wilburys-esque album opener, "Gold and Green," as well as a song that sounds not far off from the style that A.J.'s late father (Jim Croce) specialized in, "You've Said Too Much," and the piano-based "Coraline." Elsewhere, you'll find soul/gospel-esque sounds ("I Want It All") and the country-tinged "Where Are We Now." Cage of Muses is further proof that A.J. Croce remains one of the more underrated roots rockers out there at the moment.

Customer Reviews

Keeps getting better

This album is amazing. A.J. keeps getting better with every album. I didn't think he could top his last one, "Cantos," but on first listen of this one, he may have. I read an article quoting Ben Harper as saying "A.J. is one of the best musicians that I have ever played with." That statement is an obvious indication of how talented A.J. is. Fantastic album. I wish there were more song writers like him on the radio, instead of most of the Top 40 garbage that we are subjected to.

Good Music

Good music is hard to find...this is it AJ has massive talent and very little recognition. I'm sure that in time, he will be noticed and played more broadly.

Get his early stuff

Personally I dont like his stuff after "Fit To Serve". If you like bluesy, jazzy, honky-tonk, boogie-woogie piano and raspy, bluesy vocals, get anything from "Fit To Serve" back to his 1st album. That's all I got to say about that.


Born: September 28, 1971 in Bryn Mawr, PA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

The son of Jim Croce, Adrian James Croce made his own musical mark with a combination of contemporary blues and soulful roots rock. He honed his piano skills as a boy, while recovering from a brain tumor that left him partially blind. Taking influence from the likes of Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder, as well as several early blues artists, he began gigging on the San Diego circuit and signed a record contract with Private Music at the age of 19. Two years later, Croce released his self-titled debut,...
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