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Cruzh - 2016 Cruzh

ALBUM: Cruzh
LABEL: Frontiers
YEAR: 2016


LINEUP: Dennis Butabi Borg - bass * Anton Joensson - guitar, backing vocals * Tony Andersson - vocals, keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 In N' Out Of Love * 02 First Cruzh * 03 Aim For The Head * 04 Anything For You * 05 Survive * 06 Stay * 07 Hard To Get * 08 You * 09 Set Me Free * 10 Before I Walk Alone * 11 Straight From My Heart



Cool name for a band huh? I certainly think so. I believe it's pronounced 'Crush' and not 'Cruise'. So there we go, the ayes have it. This Swedish band are one of four very good releases from the Frontiers label during the month of August 2016. Cruzh were formed from the ashes of a previous band called Trash Queen. That band broke up before they released any product but their history, and the formation of Cruzh goes back to about 2013. The trio were going to release an EP but Frontiers stepped up to the plate and signed them in 2015, and here we are 6 months later with a brand new debut album.

The Songs
From where I sit, Cruzh sound a lot like fellow Swedes Bad Radiator for much of this set. Other comparisons include Stage Dolls and Finns Free Spirit, the latter particularly on the vocals. Cruzh have a mainly guitar based sound, though when the keyboards kick in, it's more of an after thought, and adds a nice complimentary layer to precedings. The production is clean and crisp, the sort of delivery that most GDM readers will enjoy. Highlights include the powerhouse 'Aim For The Head', the very Free Spirit sounding 'Survive', plus Cruzh's pure attempt at AOR being 'Hard To Get'. The pairing of 'Set Me Free' and 'Before I Walk Alone' keep things very up-tempo. There are two ballads, 'Anything For You' is dominated by an ambient piano, while 'Straight From The Heart' is an acoustic unplugged affair.. There are also two power-ballads as well, ''Stay' and 'You', which end up rocking out, so that's good. I guess the inclusion of the latter four helps balance the album out, but I would have preferred more full on rockers.

In Summary
Cruzh deliver a fairly decent album, a bit derivative in places but still of good quality. The proof in the pudding is when someone does the age-old blindfold test. Could an AOR fan identify this band from the myriad of others if this album was played to them without knowing who they were? My guess.. probably not. Therein lies the challenge for Cruzh, in establishing their own identity in the years ahead.

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#1 | jeffrey343 on September 06 2016 15:39:41
It is pronounced 'crush'. This is a nice album overall. Can't say it's overly distinctive, but the sound is quite good, with plenty of crunchy guitars. I agree with the 'blindfold test' statement. I was also thinking that this sounds like the kind of album that lots of other artists the past few years have done - many reviewed here - where we say that they have good promise and potential. The difference with these guys is that this album has a very good production, so we're not complaining about the sound or weak vocals or stuff like that. I like this, but it probably won't become a heavy rotation album after a couple of months, and the 8.5 is what I'd give it too.
#2 | gdazegod on September 09 2016 01:14:48
Cruzh - 2016 First Cruzh
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[url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqNguYq5rmA]Direct to YouTube[/youtube]

Cruzh - 2016 Aim For The Heart
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[url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67g8Slc4RgE]Direct to YouTube[/youtube]
#3 | DEMONAOR on September 09 2016 19:31:49
One of many good Swedish bands these days
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