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Josh Rouse won the Spanish equivalent of the Academy Award for Best Song for "Do You Really Want to Fall in Love" in 2014 from his soundtrack La gran familia española (English: Family United) in 2013. That is one of my favorite tracks of Rouse's and I only hope one day he releases an extended version. This album has new songs with words other than this hit, including "Brother Caleb," "One of These Days" (also appears as an instrumental), "The Family Relies on You," & the bonus track "Mystery Bride." Some songs are found on previous LPs. "Neighbor-Hoods" appeared in its full form on "Bedroom Classics, Vol. 2" (2005) but is shortened here. He also clarifed one of my favorite but brief instrumentals "Twilight" from "Under Cold Blue Stars" (2002) by making it Efrain's theme. The instrumental is extended if you play the tracks in this order: 1. "Monica Efrain Smoke," 2. Efrain & Carla Hallway," and 3. "Bedroom Kiss." "Wonderful" is from "Subtítulo" (2006). Three other songs appeared from his album with The Long Vacations (2011): "Diggin' in the Sand," "To the Clock, To the City," & "Friend" (with Xema Fuertes). "Friend" is also a recurring theme along with "Twilight"/Efrain's Theme. Josh Rouse has been writing instrumentals throughout his career since "Twilight" but not always with the best effect on his albums or EPs. Rouse's standout instrumental tracks here are "Te Quiero Mama," the instrumental version of "One of These Days", "Papa Pincha," the Twilight/Efrain theme mentioned above, "Cheese Take," and the finale "La Gran Familia." This is a career highlight but it is not a typical album. It should be seen as well as heard to get the best experience. iTunes has the video for rental for a few dollars.

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