10 Songs, 33 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Years in deliberate exile in Valencia, Spain, fatherhood and the expected mid-life crisis led singer-songwriter Josh Rouse into ‘gestalt therapy’ where he’s learning to live more in the now. Yet, the reflective writer still needs to explore his life to make sense of the world and The Embers of Time does so without dire consequences. “Too Many Things On My Mind” could be everyone’s anthem in this age of cable TV and online insanity, while “New Young” understands the appeal of simplicity and living in the country. The countrypolitan pop of “Some Days I’m Golden All Night” creates happiness with its contagious upbeat vibe.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Years in deliberate exile in Valencia, Spain, fatherhood and the expected mid-life crisis led singer-songwriter Josh Rouse into ‘gestalt therapy’ where he’s learning to live more in the now. Yet, the reflective writer still needs to explore his life to make sense of the world and The Embers of Time does so without dire consequences. “Too Many Things On My Mind” could be everyone’s anthem in this age of cable TV and online insanity, while “New Young” understands the appeal of simplicity and living in the country. The countrypolitan pop of “Some Days I’m Golden All Night” creates happiness with its contagious upbeat vibe.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

Trojannate ,

Always Incredible Songwriting

The craft of writing great songs that dig deep with honesty and remain catchy and appealing is a rare find these days. Josh Rouse is right up there with the best of them, and certainly is one of the best of his generation. If all the Josh Rouse albums I've bought since first hearing the Nashville album on NPR were on vinyl, I would have worn grooves all the way through the records by now. You can visit his songs time and again and they grow with you like good friends. This is one of the greatest achievements a songwriter can hope for. Josh Rouse has a body of work that is already timeless and I'm certain this album will be right up there among his best. I'm always happy to support his work!

CRTube ,

Another Favorite from Later in Rouse's Career

After "Happiness Waltz", "The Embers of Time" was another strong album with a great beginning, middle and ending. This album sports three hit sounding songs, "Some Days I'm Golden ," "You Walked Through the Door," and "New Young." I go back and forth between "Some Days ..." & "You Walked ..." as my favorite song. The fourth strongest track is the closer "Crystal Falls," which is one of the tracks that are biographical. It was from a lyrical line in this track that the title of the album was named. Two tracks that are strong but not hit-like are "Too Many Things On My Mind," to which so many of us can relate and "Time." "Time" is an example of a song that Rouse can write today but I couldn't seen him writing in his "1972" or "Nashville" period. He's more reflective of where he is in his life than on early albums where he was hesitatant to self-reveal. I appreciate these songs like the "Josh Rouse Blues" because I can relate at this stage in my own life. Those are sprinkled throughout these last two albums. Jessie Baylin makes a guest appearance on "Pheasant Feather," and she is also somebody to give a listen (especially her work with producer Mitchell Froom). The songs before the ending fit together. Each builds up and speeds up the pace toward the closing track. If you like "Happiness Waltz," you will love this album. If you didn't like "Happiness Waltz" because it had one hit-like song, you will love this album. While that last album is a favorite of mine, I actually see from my counter that I've listened to this this album even more than "Happiness Waltz." Despite what the main reviewer wrote this album is not a downer! It's one of his most enjoyalbe albums of late.

MojoLovesMusic ,

Solid

This album has a lot of things to like. Josh Rouse's voice, from note one, is on pitch and sounds great. I always like his lyrics. Some Days I'm Golden All Night gets it right. I also like the rhythmic guitar that appear on al lot of the songs on this album. Also nice to hear harmonica. I'm on chill out with this album.

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