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Editors’ Notes

The Smooth Sounds of Josh Rouse is an awesome accompaniment to Rykodisc’s 2004 DVD by the same title. The set comprises 10 previously unreleased outtakes from Rouse’s personal collection and 13 live songs recorded from New Year’s Eve 2003 during his world tour of the much celebrated 1972 album. The intimate acoustic ballad “Michigan” opens with Rouse’s whisper-textured voice singing beautifully over a singular guitar, setting the tone with increasing intensity. With an effortlessly natural transition, “Princess On The Porch” segues from a heartbreaking folk tune into an upbeat indie-pop number catchy enough to stay in your head for days on end. “I Just Want to Live” is easily the most upbeat song that was ever written about a fatal surgery mishap, and his jazzy reworking of the Kinks’ “A Well Respected Man” becomes Rouse’s own tune. The laid back “Sunshine (Come On Lady)” becomes anthemic as the buildup unfolds layers of impassioned sing-alongs, but it’s the wistful “Rise” that truly showcases how Rouse’s live performances can sometimes rival his studio recordings.

Customer Reviews

Josh Rouse is always on (my playlist)

The guy has like, 40 great songs to his name, and is hands down one of the best singer/songwriters out there. It should be noted here that this album contains live versions of many of his best songs, so even if you're like me and have all of his other albums, you will get different cuts of the songs here. Fantastic!

Great Live Collection

Having seen Josh Rouse twice live clearly I love his music. My wife thinks he is even better live and when you listen to this set you can hear why. Smooth is definetly the right way to describe Josh but that dones't mean his music is light...his soulful singing, R & B vibe and great songs gives his music staying power.


Josh Rouse is one of my ALL time favorite singers/songwriters. He is absolutely amazing. I have never heard anything from him that I didn't fall in love with. If I could suggest one artist to tell people about it would be him.


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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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Adult Alternative
  • Released: Jun 29, 2004

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