Joe Croker | All the Pretty Girls

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All the Pretty Girls

by Joe Croker

Eclectic pop, rock, grunge, swing, and country palette.
Genre: Rock: Roots Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. All the Pretty Girls
3:20 $0.99
2. LA Dream
3:29 $0.99
3. A Better Excuse
2:55 $0.99
4. Poor Girl's Art
3:21 $0.99
5. Home to Kansas City
2:41 $0.99
6. Look at All the Lovers
3:26 $0.99
7. In America
2:55 $0.99
8. Lost Linda
3:50 $0.99
9. The Millennium Song
3:21 $0.99
10. Ride It
3:56 $0.99
11. The Other One
3:48 $0.99
12. Blank Space
0:13 $0.99
13. Heal
6:14 $0.99
14. Every Advantage
2:29 $0.99
15. Blank Space
0:04 $0.99
16. Mighty Hard Pleasure
3:26 $0.99
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Album Notes
An eclectic debut from Kansas City born singer-songwriter Joe Croker, "All The Pretty Girls" is produced by longtime member of Bonnie Raitt's band, sideman George Marinelli. Recorded at Wing-Ding Studios in Nashville, the cd features top flight session players who negotiate a broad current of genres-from pop to country, rock to swing. At base, Croker is a Midwestern lyricist in the Dylan, Mellencamp mold, but the musicians on this release jettison him to broad corners of a compelling musical map.

Upon its release "All the Pretty Girls" garnered praise for the incisiveness of the songwriter's lyrics and for the songwriter's "grasp of the intricacies of our modern world." Rockzilla magazine opined that "for intelligence, listenability, beauty, sheer listening enjoyment, "All the Pretty Girls" is the ticket to musical nirvana." Other reviewers noted that despite the "topical element to some of the songs, reminiscent of the populist appeals of Springsteen or Mellencamp, Croker's range of styles and subjects makes most comparisons less than apt. He's an original in the best sense of the word."

Croker's reception in his adopted town of Nashville has been enthusiastic, with Tennessee's largest paper, The Tennessean, describing Croker's work as "potent, sparkling, and remarkably varied."



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Under the Radar Platinum
Croker's debut blew me away when it came out in 2001, and I was surprised that it didn't get more traction. The music business was in transition — and still is — but this guy may just be for the ages. Love, sex, qualified hope for mankind, multi-faceted American cultural identity — they're are all here. Despite a couple of uneven vocal performances (on "Heal" and "LA Dream"), this cd shines.