Cruza are the kind of project that, historically, record label execs, of which some are still present in the music business, go wild over. The group is a smooth amalgamation of various elements that apart, or packaged together should, technically, perform well with audiences across North America.
At the heart of Cruza’s sound on Let me in there’s a fuzzy neo-soul vibe that has dominated the critics’ yearly polls for the last decade. The presentation, however, highlights Cruza as a group, not merely the sonic explorations of a producer or solo performer.
While it is true that the jazzy chord inflections and the dub-heavy drumming showcase the clever choices of the musicians, the sounds are layered over plenty of druggy reverb and melancholic singing. It could confuse audiences expecting their guitar-bass-drums units to sound a bit rockier, but if they manage to drill their message across, Cruza could win a lot of fans.