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5.0 out of 5 stars Up there with 1972 and Nashville
There were some mumblings following last year's Subtitulo that the Nebraska-born, Nashville-adopted singer/songwriter had gone off the boil with his move to Valencia, Spain. Whether or not you believe that to be the case (not me), this is a glorious return to the heights of Nashville and even its predecessor 1972.
Its opener, "Sweetie" is yet another of those Rouse...
Published on 10 July 2007 by Scandalli

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3.0 out of 5 stars Easy listening
A nice, Sunday morning album, as much of Josh Rouse's stuff is. Not an essential purchase - his best, for me, are 1972, Under Cold blue Stars, the happiness Waltz etc. I bought this because I heard him sing "Domesticated Lovers" at the Sage, Gateshead this year. He's excellent live.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Up there with 1972 and Nashville, 10 July 2007
There were some mumblings following last year's Subtitulo that the Nebraska-born, Nashville-adopted singer/songwriter had gone off the boil with his move to Valencia, Spain. Whether or not you believe that to be the case (not me), this is a glorious return to the heights of Nashville and even its predecessor 1972.
Its opener, "Sweetie" is yet another of those Rouse songs that has you shaking your head in disbelief that someone able to write such instant pop classics can be relatively obscure. It has a chorus that will lodge in your head on the first listen. By the third or fourth time, your friends, family, pets and furniture will be singing along with you.
That's followed by "Italian Dry Ice" which mixes a slightly dark vocal, wherein the singer wakes from a dream of his girlfriend as a mother to find himself alone, with a musical backing straight from Willie Mitchell's recordings with Al Green. Indeed, the presence of horns, along with some fantastic keyboards throughout, stamps a clear identity on the record. Styles vary, from the fun 70s groove of "Hollywood Bass Player", to the Cure/New Order-ish "Nice To Fit In" but the group playing is consistently excellent. Other highlights are "God Please Let Me Go Back" - something of solo Lennon with Harrison on guitar (even making a passing reference to a "jealous guy") in a tale (if I have this correct) of someone in the afterlife wanting to go back and sort out the mess he left behind - and "Pilgrim" with its infectious jazzy bounce and tremendous organ.
Most Rouse records close with a killer and "Snowy" is a fine addition to these. Amidst underwatery electric piano and distorted guitar, it's a sensual reflection on a winter night that will sound perfect on any summer afternoon, rain or shine.
Overall, another great record from one of best songwriters in operation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Josh is a gem, 16 Aug 2007
Selfish I know, but I quite like the fact that hardly anyone has heard of Josh Rouse! He's kind of "our secret" and he's a real gem of a songwriter. His body of work must rank up there alongside any other singer/songwriter, and perhaps his only fault is that he records and releases too much. As a result this album is not quite up there with Nashville or 1972, although it's more consistent than Subtitulo. It goes back to the warm, 70s pop sound of "1972". Sweetie is classic Josh pop, Hollywood Bassplayer is a funky toe-tapper, and Nice To Fit In is great stuff with a lonesome lyric that recalls his earlier releases. London Bridges should have been the first UK single from the album, for the obvious reason, but also because it's a lovely warm and catchy tune that would sound fantastic on the radio and probably best sums up this cracking CD. Fans should try to track down the very good Country Mouse Companion CD with bonus tracks and acoutic versions.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Returning to top form, 2 Aug 2007
Perhaps Nashville and 1972 were flukes because (after the very average Subtitulo) although this is better it is still not in the same bracket.

Having said that it is sprinkled with several tracks that remind you why you liked him first time around. 'Sweetie' is the typical Rouse track, a deceptively simple song that sticks in your head all day. Not all that follows feels as singular although the elbum never really drags. Horns liven the music in several places although the feel is more soul than latin. Final track 'Snowy' is a gentle gem.

Rouse is never going to be adventurous but at his best he can produce great 'easy' music. This new album is close to his best but just has a handful of rather average tracks to drop the overall effect.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Easy listening, 7 Nov 2013
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A nice, Sunday morning album, as much of Josh Rouse's stuff is. Not an essential purchase - his best, for me, are 1972, Under Cold blue Stars, the happiness Waltz etc. I bought this because I heard him sing "Domesticated Lovers" at the Sage, Gateshead this year. He's excellent live.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Country Mouse City House, 4 Feb 2010
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Best Cd i have brought for ages all track superb.Cd in as new condition.excellent all round
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4.0 out of 5 stars listen and learn, 31 Dec 2007
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quik nudge to buy and enjoy this album, its a slow burner but when Josh grabs you you'll be sold.. I listened on the off chance never having heard any of his previous stuff, but am convert.
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