"tone and poeticism that most artists can't seem to find with a full-length album."
- Heidi Drockelman (Indie-Music.com)
"talent that could develop into a nationally known songwriter."
- Mike O'Cull (chicagogigs.com)
"an awful lot of great music in just five songs."
- (mish mash music reviews)
"a tune (Sweetest Thing) that will someday become a classic in his own musical circles."
- Tony Gisondi (thisismodern.com)
PLAYED: in Abercrombie and Fitch Stores
INCLUDED: in a CMJ 'certain damage' compliation
CHARTED: 'Sweetest Thing' beat the Smashing Pumpkins for the #1 slot on Ohio college radio station WMRU 91.1 FM
FEATURED: on WBEZ (Chicago Public Radio)
Earth and Shoal
Step Down to You
Todd Parola (Drum Kit)
Mark Dwyer (Bass Guitar)
Recorded and Mixed by Joshua Shapera (Gravity Studios)
Mastered by Dan Stout (Colossal Mastering)
Earth and Shoal (2000)
AJ Rosales: guitar, vocals / lyrics, keyboard, arrangements
This five song release contains music that evokes an array of artistic integrities - an effervescent breath of modern pop, lyrical imagery with a twinge of poeticism, honest rock-n-roll angst, and a mature textural depth that you don't often hear articulated on an early release.
Two video playlists are included on this page: One for the highlighted tracks from this album, and one for AJ's entire featured music catalog there.