10 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The story goes that Josh Rouse’s marriage fell apart and he left Nashville for Spain to pick up the pieces. Well, this isn’t the emotionally draining set you might expect and it’s not an album that much reflects his stay in Country Music U.S.A. Rouse channeled his love and angst into a much more easily digestible treatise. He’s not all sun-n-fun, but his melodies tend towards the upbeat, and while a piano ballad like “Sad Eyes” carries a heavier vibe than most, it’s the vaguely country-influenced powerpop frolic of “It’s the NIghttime “ and “Winter in the Hamptons” that proves the singer-songwriter is as dedicated as ever to exploring the textures of early 1970s orchestration and the warm, inviting AM radio ease of that singer-songwriter era. He may be down but he’s not out. His fifth studio album continues the critically acclaimed songwriter’s streak of writing those oddly familiar tunes that you can’t quite place. This pleasurable déjà vu works throughout alluring tunes such as “Streetlights,” “Middle School Frown” and “Saturday.” Sure he sings “My Love is Gone” but his capable musicianship and natural wit never abandon him.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The story goes that Josh Rouse’s marriage fell apart and he left Nashville for Spain to pick up the pieces. Well, this isn’t the emotionally draining set you might expect and it’s not an album that much reflects his stay in Country Music U.S.A. Rouse channeled his love and angst into a much more easily digestible treatise. He’s not all sun-n-fun, but his melodies tend towards the upbeat, and while a piano ballad like “Sad Eyes” carries a heavier vibe than most, it’s the vaguely country-influenced powerpop frolic of “It’s the NIghttime “ and “Winter in the Hamptons” that proves the singer-songwriter is as dedicated as ever to exploring the textures of early 1970s orchestration and the warm, inviting AM radio ease of that singer-songwriter era. He may be down but he’s not out. His fifth studio album continues the critically acclaimed songwriter’s streak of writing those oddly familiar tunes that you can’t quite place. This pleasurable déjà vu works throughout alluring tunes such as “Streetlights,” “Middle School Frown” and “Saturday.” Sure he sings “My Love is Gone” but his capable musicianship and natural wit never abandon him.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

Stephen Hall ,

Brilliant - Buy for Sad Eyes, but Enjoy it All!

I discovered Josh Rouse, in the Thanksgiving 2005 episode of Grey's Anatomy. His brilliant song, "Sad Eyes," plays during the coda at the end. An absolutely amazing four minutes of television. This song is one of my favorites ever, but after buying the entire album I've come to love Rouse's music, and I recommend it to all!

Buy for "Sad Eyes," from Grey's Anatomy, but get all the songs, for the genius that is Josh Rouse!

CRTube ,

Nashville is Golden

It's difficult to create something this great! This album should be your gateway drug of choice into "the worlds" of Josh Rouse's music. Why is this one so great? While this was Rouse's 5th top notch album, everything came together here. First and foremost, Rouse's songwriting on every single track is remarkable (storytelling, melodies, grooving rhythms) & has continued to develop from "Dressed Up Like Nebraska." Rouse began his songwriting collaboration with Daniel Tashian (The Silver Seas, solo, & Nashville songwriter) here on their hit singles "It's the Nighttime" & "Winter in the Hamptons". Rouse wrote my favorite track on the album "Sad Eyes" with Sean Kelly (Sixpence None the Richer). Two other standouts are "Streetlights" and "My Love Has Gone." Second, Brad Jones continues his production duties from "Directions" and the album "1972" and hits his stride here. Third, Rouse's musical campanions are all playing in top form! Kudos to Rouse & Tashian on guitars; Curt Perkins on piano; followed by the 3 members of the Marc, Joe's Brother band, Joe Pisapia (also of Guster & solo) on Keyboards & vocals, Marc Pisapia on drums, James "Hags" Haggerty on bass; & special guest & legend Al Perkins on slide guitar. Excluding the latter, Rouse has worked with this crew before & their familiarity from "1972" pushed their collaboration to higher level. Exploring the related bands named above will bring you much pleasure. We shouldn't expect greatness like this everyday, but we should savour it when it comes our way. Around this time, Rouse covered "It Don't Matter to Me" by David Gates & Bread, which goes well with this collection.

mangocarly ,

I like it!

This album is really good. It is different and I like all the songs, especially winter in the hamptons. This is a good buy people!!

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