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El Turista CD

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"Songwriting for me is something I have to do to stay on the sunny side of life. It's my therapy. I pick up a guitar from time to time and it spills out. I feel lucky in that, after years of being blessed by their presence, the song spirits are still moving through me”

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  • Audio CD (22 Feb 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Bedroom Classics
  • ASIN: B0031KSL7A
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,631 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen10. Don't Act Tough 4:23£0.79  Buy MP3 

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Feb 2010
Format: Audio CD
Josh Rouse seems much more at home on his new
album 'El Tourista' than his quasi-alien status
might suggest. The Valencian sea and sunshine
has brought a new breath of life into the music
of this native of America's Great Plains.

Always a relaxed and easy listen (but never
"easy listening") he has delivered some of his
best work in these ten delightful tracks.

Whether in rollicking numbers like 'I Will Live On Islands',
brimming over with broad-smiling energy; the cheeky Latin
beats of 'Valencia', or the loose-limbed jazzy sway of his
curious reinvention of 'Cotton Eye Joe' (there is in fact no
resemblance that I can discern to the traditional original
- and many might say we can be thankful for that!) Mr Rouse
keeps the mood light and his pleasant voice well-oiled.

Final track 'Don't Act Tough' is a particularly fine song
decorated with rousing sax interventions from Jim Hoke.
The piano, strings, reedy clarinet and big-band percussion
make for a strange but charmingly anachonistic conclusion.

If Mr Rouse wasn't singing this into a ribbon
microphone with his hair brylcreemed up into a
wild dark wave then he should have been!

A romantic, quietly sophisticated
and throughly enjoyable album.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Curlynob TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Mar 2010
Format: Audio CD
As a long time Josh Rouse fan who's not afraid to admit that he hasn't been too crazy about the last couple of albums, I'm pleased to say that El Turista is a very welcome and completely satisfying return to form. Sure there were some good songs on the last few albums, but El Turista feels so complete. It's like one long achingly smooth lullaby. Each song builds and flows into the next. The melodies, the rythms, the arrangements - they hypnotise. It's enough to remind you why you fell in love with Josh Rouse's music in the first place. He just sounds so confident, happy and self assured again. It's hard to be objective when you've got that new music buzz, but I really don't think Josh has written something this consistant before. For me even on an album like 1972 there are parts that work and don't work. Here there is just one body of music that is totally satisfying.

El Turista consists of mainly bossa nova rythms and is sung partly in Spanish. It's certainly a long way from Dressed Up Like Nebraska, but as someone who has followed his music keenly since those days - i am too. I'm not the same person. My tastes are much broader. I'll give it you, it's certainly unusual for a kid from a small American town to find himself singing Bossa Nova songs in Spanish. But it captures something of life's wonder in the process.

Testament to Rouse's new found confidence is a re-telling of Cotton Eye Joe. It's a very old traditional American song, but I have to admit the only version I'm really familiar with is a nasty euro-dance one from a few years ago. A few bars in and I was bowled over. The lilting Bossa Nova guitar. The jazzy piano and percussion. Strings to die for. It sounds odd, but like everything else on El Turista, it probably shouldn't work but it does - and how.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ash TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 May 2010
Format: Audio CD
I've been a big fan of Mr Rouse since 'Miracle' was featured on a free Q magazine CD back in 2002. I quickly bought up all his albums, and fell in love with his laid back, grown up take on Americana. 1972 and Nashville especially are brilliant, hook-laden albums of grown up pop.

However, since Nashville, Josh has moved away from that instantly memorable sound to a more introspective mood. Country Mouse City House and Subtitulo are both fine works, but they lack the spark of his earlier albums. Rouse has changed styles a few times, from the Alt-country leanings of Home and Dressed Up Like Nebraska, to the soulful pop of 1972 and the pure country of Nashville, so it was no surprise to find him once again morphing in to a downbeat, sparse sound. Nevertheless I, and many other fans, were a bit disillusioned.

Well, time for another change! El Turista sees Rouse taking the groove of his adoptive country (Spain) and funnelling it through his American roots, to emerge with a mid-Atalantic sound all his own. Sung partly in Spanish, partly in English, this is the work of a man very at home with himself. He is no longer trying to impress - the opening track is instrumental, focusing on his arrangement skills rather than lilting voice.

Though still lacking in some of the instant hooks that some of his earlier works benefited from, there is much to like here. The gorgeous Lemon Tree is a particular favourite of mine. If you are a fan of the samba of Buena Vista Social Club, you too will enjoy this album. I can already imagine it drifting lazily from my windows on a sunny afternoon in the garden, beer and book in hand...
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By N. Manning on 15 April 2010
Format: Audio CD
I have to admit that I've been a dedicated fan of Josh Rouse's music and songwriting for many years now, so some may consider my opinion biased, however......... for me this is an album full of high quality melodies, performed and arranged in a really beguiling style. My favourite album of the year so far. Also saw Josh and his band play in Manchester a couple of weeks ago - great show and wonderful band. The crowd loved the performance and was great to see Josh and his mates enjoying the atmosphere so much - wonderful stuff!!!
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