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Josh Rouse the world traveler has settled in Spain. El Turista is the sound of a man well settled in the surroundings he first suggested several albums ago, offering songs that showcase his transition. Nearly half of El Turista is performed in Spanish, and Rouse has taken to the flamenco guitar to further boost his acclimation process. The bossa nova beats and gentle string arrangements create a lush life that despite its struggles sounds quite rewarding. “Bienvenido” opens the album with an instrumental as an easeful introduction. “Duerme” kickstarts with piano notes poking through the bossa-nova groove and Rouse sings in Spanish. On the English-sung, rockabilly-spiked and Paul Simon- influenced “I Will Live On Islands,” he lets us know, “I’ll you send you postcards, boys,” as further proof that the Nebraskan-born singer-songwriter isn’t looking to rejoin the rat race anytime soon. But not quite so fast — the punch line here is that he recorded much of the album in Nashville, Tennessee with his old producer Brad Jones and together they create this wonderful illusion. You can go anywhere with your imagination.

Customer Reviews

another winner from Mr. Rouse.

Once again Josh proves he is one of the best things going these days in music. A wonderful start to the second decade of his career. Such a sunny timeless mix of songs. Personally I love "Duerme", "Lemon Tree", "Valencia" and "I Will Live On Islands". Please go back to through his catalog and discover other gems like "Women and Men" from Under Cold Blue Stars, "Sparrows" from 1972, "Saturday" from Nashville, "Directions" from Home and my personal favorite "Quiet Town" from Subtitulo. Josh, thank you for the songs your music has become priceless to me.

Not my cup of tea

There are different types of fans. Some stick to an artist till the very end and will like anything that the artist will put out. I am not that type of fan. I will support my favorite artists, but I refuse to play dumb and say it is a great album when it really isn't.

I have been a huge fan of his since 2003, and sadly, this is my least favorite album of date.

This album has a mix of Spanish and English lyrics, so it can be extremely confusing to understand what his lyrics mean unless you understand spanish.

Duerme officially starts off the album with a very bossa nova vibe to it. Very light, background music. Elevator music is the best description to describe this song.

Lemon Tree, a different production of this song that he's released previously before. It's more rocking, but it's far from the term "Rock". (Drums are added, but it is laid back)

Sweet Elaine: Probably one of the better tracks on this album. Interesting vibe, once again a lot of strings and very laid back. Nothing that stands out as a hit.

Mesie Julian: Oh wow, same riff from "Duerme" but in a different key. OH, and it is in Spanish. Not original. This music has been around for a long time. Nothing has been invented to make it sound original or unique. Just laid back, and once again, I mention "Elevator music" as the style to this song.

I Will Live On Islands: The best track on the album. Much more upbeat, all in English, and kinda has a surfer vibe to it. Very basic song, but it's fun. Not bad, but I've heard better from Josh.

Valencia: This song has been leaked and played for awhile now. Very catchy music, and its very upbeat. No idea what the lyrics say, but besides that, not bad.

Cotton Eye Joe: Very laid back. Sounds a like a B side to his last album (CMCH). Another string arrangement and very chill. Nothing unique and nothing catchy. I'm missing the pop and the melodies that Josh has always offered his fans!

Las Voces: Alright! Beginning is catchy. Another song in Spanish. Kinda feels like a celebration of some sort. Not the greatest song.

Don't Act Tough: Oh! Sax in the beginning. Nice. Oh, sounds like another B side to his last album. Kinda bluesy and slow. Oh, more strings! Sax is nice, but very mellow and drags out too long.

So, that's the album. I give it two stars because Josh created an album that he's never done before, so props for creativity. Also, the arrangements are fairly decent and recorded/produced well, so props. But besides those two things, this album is just plain awful. This album is like a tribute to Spain, and it leaves any of his USA fans wondering what's going on.

I love this guy, but for the first time, I'm strongly disliking this album. Very boring, and contains a lot of filler and works well as background music for me. May I suggest picking up 1972 or Nashville. They contain great arrangements, great catchy songs, and very upbeat and sometimes has a dark/attitude behind it at the same time.

I listened to this over and over, and I can't enjoy it. Kinda wish I could take my money back, but at least I'm supporting one of my favorite artists.

You might like this, but as a die hard Josh fan, I haven't enjoyed the directions he's traveling as a musician.

Some reviewers are weird...

I too, am not one of those people who "stick with an artist no matter what". In fact, I was rather disappointed with Mr. Rouse last album, "City Mouse, Country House" (or something like that).
This album, "El Turista" is AMAZING ! I feel like he's back - all of his smoothness, style, gorgeous arrangements are back - only they're influenced by his life in Spain, sunny days, the sea - it's AWESOME!


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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