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Treasure the 2007 Experience

The year 2007 was productive for Josh Rouse, Paz Suay and his friends The Silver Seas! First came the EP She's Spanish, He's American with Paz Suay (which oddly enough is not listed under Josh Rouse in iTunes). Mid year he released this album. Up to this point Rouse had made albums that had improved with every outing. While I was mildy disappointed with Subtítulo, I saw 2007 & specifically Country Mouse, City House as upping his game again while keeping the sound relaxed. The first four tracks "Sweetie," "Italian Dry Ice," "Hollywood Bass Player," & "God Please Let Me Go Back," are just brilliant. "Nice to Fit In" sets a nice groove for the middle of the LP. "Pilgrim" has a jazz-like feel and a memorable instrumental ending. If you like "Domesticated Lovers," then you definitely need the EP "She's Spanish, He's American," as it has three songs that I think are either as good or better. This is where I have to rave about Paz Suay. She takes equal billing with Rouse on the EP, helped write three songs on this LP, and she did an absolutely amazing job on the art on the CD version! Rouse had so much good material in 2007 that he also released a companion with this album. Which makes me often wonder, what if Rouse had put his best tracks spread over an EP, LP and extras album on one LP? What would this album have been? One more point: If you truly like this and other Rouse albums, you should definitely seek out The Silver Seas with Daniel Tashian. In 2007, they put out High Society. Listen to Imaginary Girl, and let your ears tell you if it complements Rouse and his sound. For Rouse and his fans, 2007 was a very, very good year.

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