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Josh Rouse And The Long Vacations [VINYL]

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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”

It may have been 15+ years - from roots in rural Nebraska, through time in ‘Music City’ ... Read more in Amazon's Josh Rouse Store

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1. Diggin' in the Sand
2. Movin' On
3. Fine, Fine
4. To the Clock, to the City
5. Bluebird St.
6. Lazy Days
7. Oh, Look What the Sun Did!
8. Friend
9. Disguise

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Amazon.com: 6 reviews
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By Andrew H. Lee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Dear Music Fan,

No reviews on one of the world's largest online music retailers over a week after this album's release date is a bad sign. Literate, opinionated, indie pop-rock music fans around the world deserve a collective spanking for falling asleep on the job. If you've heard this record - speak up! If you haven't heard this record - listen up! Josh Rouse deserves your attention - don't let the Spaniards beat the rest of us at our own game (of literate, opinionated music fandom)...

Josh Rouse is an uncannily gifted American singer-songwriter who moved to Spain about six years ago. He has released eight proper studio albums of unusal quality and this, his ninth, is no exception.

True to its title, JOSH ROUSE AND THE LONG VACATIONS plays for the most part like an extended vacation in a sleepy seaside town. A quick scan of the song titles tells you a little about the vibes you'll get through your speakers with this one - "Digging in the Sand," Lazy Days," "Look What the Sun Did" - seeming to hint that Josh Rouse is enjoying a lazy, sun-soaked existence on a Spanish beach while the rest of us poor saps toil away in our OFFICE SPACE cubicle existence.

"Diggin in the Sand" and "Moving On" have a special toe-tapping, head-bobbing, sing-along quality that will provide an escape from your humdrum existence. Prominent bass work and jazz, bossa nova, and Spanish influenced instrumentation and rhythms figure prominently on much of the album.

The name of the game here is "a-break-from-the-norm" and although the influence of Simon and Garfunkel looms large in the shadows (Simon is a cornflake Rouse is a piano) this is ultimately Rouse's show. Get the CD version and notice his appearance on the back photo - the hat, the two obscure European sidemen, his casual seated posture and bemused, just-interrupted expression...he seems to know something about the good life that the rest of us don't, and the twenty-five minute running time of this lovely, fun little album suggest that he only has so much time to share with us before he needs to get back to his long (and arguably permanent) vacation.

Buy this, and take a little vacation yourself...


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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Pleasant 24 Jan. 2012
By Rushmore - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is a perfectly fine little CD. It's mellow and it is like a little (not a long) vacation. It's just that, after years of being a Josh Rouse fan I would have hoped he would have progressed further, both musically and lyrically. Those early CDs, particularly Nashville, Dressed Up Like Nebraska and Under Cold Blue Stars, showed promise of a guy rooted in 60s pop but also something of a visionary and able to translate into the 21st century. (Even the album titles were great!)

This latest CD contains just 9 songs. That's about 25 minutes of music. It reminds me of the band that plays at your basic corporate event with a vaguely Spanish theme. I imagine Josh Rouse can crank this music out in his sleep. It all sounds very similar. And if it makes people close their eyes and take a little vacation in their minds, that's not a bad thing. But in my opinion he stopped growing musically about 2 or 3 records ago. I probably have enough Josh Rouse in my collection, unless he decides to come back from vacation someday.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A Vacation That Needs To End 24 Nov. 2011
By D. Lorenzo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I am a big fan of Josh Rouse since his 1972 CD. After going back to his prior releases you will find that he is a genius at crafting memorable smooth songs (My Love Has Gone, Sad Eyes). As a Josh Rouse fan I totally support his desire to pursue his own artistic direction including the absorption of Spanish influences.

That being said, this CD is not in the class of his best work and seems more like the prior two Spanish linked CDs. There are two cool songs here-"Oh, Look What The Sun Did"which has a hint of the Beatles' Here Comes The Sun and "To the Clock, To the City" with a flute in the chorus that sticks in your head. The other stuff is either too short to care, like Bluebird Street, or just pedestrian " been there, done that" songs like Lazy Days. This Cd really did little for me which is a shame since I have such high regard for Josh as an artist. I have enough lazy afternoon music and don't see the need to spend $13 for 24 stingy minutes of music I will listen to once or twice and then sell at a CD trader store.

If you liked the prior two CDs you will like this. If you, like me, find this music sounding lazy and redundant, download the two songs noted above and skip the purchase.

Sorry Josh. Please come back from your vacation.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Kirby Louisville KY 16 Dec. 2011
By Kirby Bachman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have long been a Josh Rouse fan starting with Dressed Up Like Nebraska and his music has gone through some changes down through the years just as his life has gone through changes. I love this sunny Valcencia, Spain and family life stage of his music. I have fallen into the routine of listening to this CD on my way home from work. It always lifts me up and makes my spirits happy and gets me singing. He is such a creative writer and the instrumentation and musicianship on this album is exquisite! To me the songs on this album just flow seamlessly from start to finish. I highly recommend this album.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Fresh sound from Josh Rouse 19 Jan. 2012
By gk1185 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I think Josh Rouse is one talented and amazing musician. And this album affirms that status.

'Josh Rouse and The Long Vacations' is a must-have for Josh Rouse fans, as well as anyone who enjoys good folk music. It's quite unlike his other albums, but still got that distinct Josh Rouse signature to it. When I first streamed the songs from his website, I didn't bother closing the window for days, and kept re-listening to the songs.

In my opinion, not a single track is wasted. The entire album is gold. Go to his website for a free listen, and judge for yourself.
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