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Annother installment of Rouse's Mediteranean Sound

My sense was that this album was reviewed in light of Josh Rouse's experimentation in his previous album "El Turista" rather than on the merits of this album alone. The Mediteranean sound this time is created with a new band called The Long Vacations. The way the band plays together is varied in style and gels throughout. Moreover, the background vocals are the best since "Love Vibration" on 1972 (especially on "Diggin' in the Sand"). Rouse's songwriting is strong throughout. The album has an essential track "Look What The Sun Did." Three other songs later appeared on his soundtrack La gran familia española (Family United) in 2013, and they are "Diggin' in the Sand," "To the Clock, To the City," & "Friend," the latter was co-written with Xema Fuertes. Other good tracks are "Movin' On," "Fine, Fine" & "Disguise." There is a bonus song called "Hots Full of Love" that sounds as if it's a long lost track from Elvis Presley that I love! While not albums "1972" or "Nashville," it's about where "Subtítulo" is in terms of where I place it within Rouse's work. The new band and how good they are as musicians together is what really stands out. If you want more of Rouse & his wife Paz Suay from this period check out Llum's (Jesús Sáez) "Shooting Stars" (with Suay, duet) and "On a Low Flame" (with both Rouse & Suay et. al. and sung in both English and Spanish).

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