Ross Crean | The Reluctant Socialite

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The Reluctant Socialite

by Ross Crean

A new collection of snapshots from the artist's personal life, Crean focuses on the transitions in his life and how they affected his relationships, both good and bad. An intense and quirky mixture of guitar-based folk rock and piano balladry.
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. My Parade
3:20 $0.99
2. Yours Only
4:16 $0.99
3. Daniel
5:08 $0.99
4. Tilda
3:18 $0.99
5. Let You Down
3:45 $0.99
6. The Buddhist Ballet
6:01 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
All instruments by Ross Crean except:
Rebecca Keil - Viola on "Daniel"

Recorded at Saint Xavier University, Chicago, IL

Mixed and mastered by Michael Namoff at The Hatch Studios, Chicago, IL

Cover by Erika Reva at Reva Studios

From Ravenmount Music Blog:

It always surprises me that not everyone knows of Ross and his excellent existing albums, because his music is always consistently a notch or two above what one would expect of local/regional artists. One of these days the right people will catch his music and he'll be suddenly hugely famous (maybe with this album?). If you're looking for sweet sappy love songs, this new album is not quite the right choice, though there is actually a nice love song among Ross's 6 new tracks ("Yours Only"). I suspect that the whole album sounds even more impressive on a sound system with multiple speakers, and of course these songs would be particularly cool to hear live. But, since Ross is not touring through Fort Collins yet, I suppose his studio recordings will do for now.

I always am jealous of Ross Crean's voice- I would still want to sound like him if I were a man (though as I am not, I'd go for a voice like Katherine Jenkins' just as happily). His new tunes show off his range quite nicely, and also bring in lots of great percussion and a nice variety of instrumentation for a very modern sound that is as much 'pop' as Depeche Mode's sound. Actually some of his music, including a few of the songs on The Reluctant Socialite, could be covered quite comfortably by Depeche Mode or a decent Depeche Mode cover band (I can especially hear the resemblance in "Daniel" and "Tilda", though "Yours Only" could also fit into a set for a Depeche Mode cover band). My favorite, right now, is probably "Yours Only", but just as with the new Celtic Thunder album, I'm sure my favorites will shift as I become more accustomed to the entirety of Ross's new album.



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Jill Nojack

Another favorite in my collection
From the opening drums of "The Parade" to the final statement of "The Buddhist Ballet" ("I won''t give up without a fight"), Ross crean keeps your attention and leaves you wanting more...assuming, of course, that you aren't looking for the next shallow pop hit. Sorry, but if that's what you want, "The Reluctant Socialite" can't deliver. It instead brings you Ross Crean's unique and expressive (and grand) voice, intelligent lyrics, and melodic surprises throughout.
The standout song on this one (because there is always a standout on any Ross Crean CD) is "Daniel". The mix of viola with Ross's voice is truly lovely to listen to. The mostly acoustic "Yours Only" also showcases The Voice the way I like it -- spare accompaniment that allows the range and beauty of his voice to take center stage.
But don't expect a sweet folk rendition here -- many of the compositions build to a dramatic pitch.
It occurred to me today when I was listening again specifically to gather my thoughts for a review that Ross Crean's music often remind me of alt-folk show tunes -- you must assume the furious action all around until the main character steps into the spotlight and sings a soaring tune about his thoughts and relationships.
Really, it must be quite a show.