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Happiness Waltzed in the Room...
on 6 April 2013
Josh's last few albums haven't been quite up to the standard of his best two: 'Nashville' and '1972' and I was beginning to lose interest in the later releases. This album however proves that he is back to his best. It has a mix of ballads, upbeat rock songs and songs that could be played in the 70's. There isn't a single track that I would skip - all of them are fantastic! 'Julie (Come Out of the Rain)' has a contrast of eerie guitar chords and a heart warming chorus which opens this album perfectly. 'Simple Pleasure' has an excellent guitar riff during the whole song, 'It's Good to Have You' is a very relaxing song and makes you feel that you're on a cruise to the Caribbean. 'City People City Things', 'This Movies's Way Too Long' and 'Our love' sound like they have come from the album '1972' ('Our Love' having expert flute fills which is common in '1972'). 'A lot Like Magic' is my favourite song on the album because of the wonderful saxophone harmonies throughout the song and an exceptional vocal performance from Josh Rouse, it's just perfect. 'Start Up a Family', 'The Western Isles' and 'Purple and Beige' all have great guitar playing especially Purple and Beige. 'The Ocean' transports you to the gleaming smoothness of the sea and 'The Happiness Waltz' could have been placed in a 1930's film and it has awesome piano playing!
This album (as the title suggests) makes you feel happy and warm when you listen to it and I could play it over and over again without getting bored of it! Overall then, it's the second best album Josh has done, still not as good as 'Nashville' but I don't think he will ever beat that cracker! I would recommend this album to everyone even if you've never heard of Josh Rouse as it's just fabulous. I strongly advise you to click 'Add to Basket' now!!! :)
Wil P (age 14)