- Audio CD (26 Sept. 2011)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Ada Global (Bedroom Classics)
- ASIN: B005HR0E2A
- Other Editions: MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,059 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Josh Rouse And The Long Vacations CD
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The album was recorded in Spain, but is decidedly not “Spanish” in feel. This is an album that, in some fashion, reflects a reprise of the singer-songwriter’s roots. It encapsulates a past for Rouse that is steeped in that American Midwest, infused with the spirit of the endless plains and a homespun existence in Nebraska. And a past also touched by the American South – one with a distinctive friendly nature. It reflects a life growing up with the smooth uplifting sounds of early ‘70s AM radio. But this album is also informed by the present with Rouse’s current home of Spain adding its own distinctive texture to the sounds, spirit and feel of these nine songs.
Top Customer Reviews
But I heard it streaming on his website, and then the next day I went back and streamed it again... and again... and placed my order.
Because it appears I really do need another Josh Rouse album, if it's this one in any case. Yes it's full of his usual virtues - a rare and wonderfully achieved lightness of touch, spring in step; an easy listening balminess without being remotely bland; wit and charm, atmosphere and just-right playing - but the sounds and arrangements are different enough from previous albums, the new songs more than strong enough, to make this a must-have purchase, whether you've got others of his or are a first time buyer.
It's short - around 25 minutes - but you'll want to play it again as soon as it ends. Takes talent to make music this light but strong. One of my favourite albums of the year without a doubt.
If you're new to Rouse, he's a singer / songwriter who does well-crafted, intelligent pop, this time with a lighter touch than in the past.
Opener "Diggin' in the sand" sets the scene with a delicate, tuneful opening with a spring in its step. He might have flamenco but it's got the feel of sitting in the Spanish sun and chilling with a beer.
"Movin on" has a bit of a Spanish feel in the guitar - until the vocals come in, it could be Calexico - and each song has its own particular appeal; I like the whispered chorus in "To the city". A delightful, if short, album.
My on criticism is that its all over far too quickly. Lasting about 30 minutes, you're left wanting more.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Been a big Josh fan for an number of years. Always enjoyed the variation in styles and his occasional 'home produced recordings'. Read morePublished on 13 Oct. 2011 by N. Manning
Josh's new found happiness in Spain threatens to derail what was once a burgeoning talent for an edgy yet melodic songwriter. Read morePublished on 7 Oct. 2011 by Mr. A. W. Riggs