Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Josh Rouse - Nashville

Really good album, seen him live a few times.
"Don't be fooled by the title of Josh Rouse's fifth solo album. Yes, the singer-songwriter lived in the commercial country music capital for nearly a decade. Yes, he has been known to use the occasional pedal steel guitar. And okay, there is a soft southern lilt to his voice. But there are no rhinestone-studded cowboy hats or tattered American flags to be found in this "Nashville," an album of gentle AM radio nostalgia and understated folk-rock beauty. Influenced in equal parts by Marvin Gaye, Bob Dylan, and the Smiths, Rouse moves gracefully between intimate acoustic ballads ("Saturday") and handclap-drenched pop songs ("Winter In The Hamptons"), all the while delivering more personality and deft songwriting than his platinum-certified neighbors could ever conceive."

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the_peanut said...

Brilliant album, one of today's best artists around I think.

Stephen said...

thanks for this, i previously just had Subtitulo, which was decent, but i wasnt blown away. so i'm interested to hear this one...cheers.

Dick Darlington said...

Subtitulo is his weakest record yet, 1972 and Nashville are def the best

wkc said...

Wow - Here is an artist I had heard rumors about but had never listened to. I've been missing out big time. This was good stuff. Thanks!