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Editors’ Notes

Josh Rouse's fans paid for his 10th album, The Happiness Waltz, in advance by pledging their money, and Rouse obliged by walking over to his private studio in the Spanish city of Valencia and recording these songs about how much he loves his life. "It's Good to Have You" is such joyful autobiography that you'll likely fill with envy and start planning your own move to Valencia, where you'll nap the day away. Rouse decides to stick with Spain on the Brooklyn-gazing "City People, City Things." This angst-free collection, produced by Rouse's old-time right-hand man Brad Jones, trends toward the laid-back AM radio pop and Americana of Rouse's most acclaimed albums, 1972 and Nashville. Rouse evokes Paul Simon's world of narrative pop with "This Movie's Way Too Long." "Our Love" eyes the aging process with a suspicion that life ends with a whimper, while "The Ocean" locates a drowning man who sinks to the bottom with the push of a gorgeous pedal steel guitar. 

Customer Reviews

Josh returns to his old form!

I absolutely LOVE this album. After experimenting with Spanish influences on his previous 2/3 albums, Josh returns to his old form. With the help of Brad Jones producing this album, who also produced 1972/Nashville, this album is full of classic pop/folk gems. My three favorite and obvious hits off the album is "Simple Pleasure", "A Lot Like Magic", and "This Movie's Way too Long". "A Lot Like Magic" is my favorite off the album. Includes brass, catchy music, great lyrics, and an upbeat feel you would expect from 1972. "This Movie's Way Too Long" musically reminds me of "Marvin Gaye" from his album "Home" with a very catchy guitar riff and vocals that will keep you singing throughout the entire song.

Other favorites include "Julie (Come Out of the Rain)" , "City People, City Things", "Start Up A Family", and "The Western Isles". The musical styles on this album have a lot of 70's vibe to it, and I absolutely love it. Sounds like the old Josh that I grew up loving. He's returned to his old form, and it is like a breath of fresh air.

Out of his "slower" songs, I really enjoy "Purple and Beige" and "The Ocean". Great tunes to listen to while chilling and enjoying the vibes from the album.

Get this album. You will not get disappointed. Plus, I can't recall a Josh Rouse album that had 12 songs.....he typically sticks with 10 songs per record. If you love his old work from "Home", "1972", and "Nashville", I would recommend purchasing this album. Good stuff!

The Original Rouse is back

Let's be honest he can really do no wrong in my eyes. However, the last few albums, with heavy influence of his life in Spain, were certainly not my favorites. This new album is a throw back to the previous Josh Rouse albums and it is fantastic!!

ahhh....he's back! (sounding great)

I can tell already....soundtrack for the summer of 2013, catchy tunes with depth, so happy to hear him sound this good, every song! Highly recommended!! Just need you and your band to come to Denver, been 4 years or so.....

Biography

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 Spain and explored the country's musical traditions, although...
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