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If singer-songwriter Josh Rouse had actually been releasing records back in 1972, he would’ve been an AM powerhouse. His easily digestible melodies, his warm, soothing croon, and the tasteful, lightly colored arrangements would slot alongside the best of Carole King (whom he namechecks in the title track), Bread, and the Carpenters. This being 30-something years later, Rouse has to settle for critical acclaim and smaller, respectful audiences who can appreciate a well-crafted album. But let’s play along and pretend it is 1972 and these are massive hits. Certainly the jaunty orchestration of “Love Vibration” and the easeful flow of “Comeback (Light Therapy)” with its flirty flute would be dance party favorites. You can practically hear the shag carpet, the faux wood paneled walls, and the scratch of corduroy moving to the beat. Fans of Damien Rice, Ray LaMontagne, David Gray, Joe Pernice and other stylish, introspective songwriters should easily fall under the spell of ballads such as “Under Your Charms” and “Sparrow Over Birmingham” where nighttime’s solitary mystery reflects with each aching beat.

Customer Reviews

Amazing find!

I came across this by accident on itunes, I'd never heard of the guy before...and now I'm addicted! This album is perfect, so easy to listen to and great for just chilling to and enjoying for what it is...simple and fun songs. Definitely worth the buy!


The title track '1972' is such a well crafted song about love and nostalgia that buying this album completes the picture. To have something that is a pastiche production of music made back then is a stroke of genius. Quality work from Rouse so positive 'Love Vibration', great ballads 'Under your Charms', 'Flight Attendant'. 'Rise' Winsome, spacious and to think they're all driving smaller cars now. This is a great follow up to 'Under Cold Blue Stars' and better than 'Nashville'. Dawning of the age of Aquarius type stuff. Innocence and charm abound with flares, tank tops, wide lapels.

Why we can't leave the 70's behind!

I first heard "comeback" on the car radio driving home through the rain, one dark night three years ago. The familiar 70's warmth giving me an inner glow, I bought the album the very next day - it's a rare thing, this, an album where every tune is a diamond - how many can live up to this? In keeping with the cover and theme, each song is crafted with that decade in mind, that time when the future was bright, the world wasn't gonna suddenly expire, and the main thing on your mind was your girlfriend or whether the car would start next morning. Star tracks include the afore-mentioned "comeback" but also "flight attendant" with its eerie opening piano melody, the title track and the easy, breezy "love vibration". Buy it now, and fall in love with the 70's for the right reasons!


Born: 1972 in Nebraska

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Although born in Nebraska, singer/songwriter Josh Rouse moved to various cities throughout his childhood and subsequent musical career, driven at first by his father's military career and later by his desire to take inspiration from different environments. He paid tribute to his birthplace on his 1998 debut, Dressed Up Like Nebraska, and explored the influence of his adopted home state, Tennessee, with 2005's Nashville. Rouse later settled in...
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