14 Songs, 52 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Josh Rouse's fans paid for his 10th album, The Happiness Waltz, in advance by pledging their money, and Rouse obliged by walking over to his private studio in the Spanish city of Valencia and recording these songs about how much he loves his life. "It's Good to Have You" is such joyful autobiography that you'll likely fill with envy and start planning your own move to Valencia, where you'll nap the day away. Rouse decides to stick with Spain on the Brooklyn-gazing "City People, City Things." This angst-free collection, produced by Rouse's old-time right-hand man Brad Jones, trends toward the laid-back AM radio pop and Americana of Rouse's most acclaimed albums, 1972 and Nashville. Rouse evokes Paul Simon's world of narrative pop with "This Movie's Way Too Long." "Our Love" eyes the aging process with a suspicion that life ends with a whimper, while "The Ocean" locates a drowning man who sinks to the bottom with the push of a gorgeous pedal steel guitar. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

Josh Rouse's fans paid for his 10th album, The Happiness Waltz, in advance by pledging their money, and Rouse obliged by walking over to his private studio in the Spanish city of Valencia and recording these songs about how much he loves his life. "It's Good to Have You" is such joyful autobiography that you'll likely fill with envy and start planning your own move to Valencia, where you'll nap the day away. Rouse decides to stick with Spain on the Brooklyn-gazing "City People, City Things." This angst-free collection, produced by Rouse's old-time right-hand man Brad Jones, trends toward the laid-back AM radio pop and Americana of Rouse's most acclaimed albums, 1972 and Nashville. Rouse evokes Paul Simon's world of narrative pop with "This Movie's Way Too Long." "Our Love" eyes the aging process with a suspicion that life ends with a whimper, while "The Ocean" locates a drowning man who sinks to the bottom with the push of a gorgeous pedal steel guitar. 

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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
48 Ratings

48 Ratings

trumpetguy21 ,

Josh returns to his old form!

I absolutely LOVE this album. After experimenting with Spanish influences on his previous 2/3 albums, Josh returns to his old form. With the help of Brad Jones producing this album, who also produced 1972/Nashville, this album is full of classic pop/folk gems. My three favorite and obvious hits off the album is "Simple Pleasure", "A Lot Like Magic", and "This Movie's Way too Long". "A Lot Like Magic" is my favorite off the album. Includes brass, catchy music, great lyrics, and an upbeat feel you would expect from 1972. "This Movie's Way Too Long" musically reminds me of "Marvin Gaye" from his album "Home" with a very catchy guitar riff and vocals that will keep you singing throughout the entire song.

Other favorites include "Julie (Come Out of the Rain)" , "City People, City Things", "Start Up A Family", and "The Western Isles". The musical styles on this album have a lot of 70's vibe to it, and I absolutely love it. Sounds like the old Josh that I grew up loving. He's returned to his old form, and it is like a breath of fresh air.

Out of his "slower" songs, I really enjoy "Purple and Beige" and "The Ocean". Great tunes to listen to while chilling and enjoying the vibes from the album.

Get this album. You will not get disappointed. Plus, I can't recall a Josh Rouse album that had 12 songs.....he typically sticks with 10 songs per record. If you love his old work from "Home", "1972", and "Nashville", I would recommend purchasing this album. Good stuff!

CRTube ,

A Personal Favorite of Mine

Just about every fan of Josh Rouse thinks that he is one the most underappreciated of great musicans, songwriters. That is a huge compliment for Rouse. We recognize in Rouse somebody who consistenly delivers quality songs. That's what you're going to find on this album. Every song on this album speaks to me in some way. As an album, it's got a great beginning, middle and end. Along with The Embers of Time, mid-career Josh Rouse is writing songs that speak to this stage of his life. Most of Rouse's work overall is not biographical. In some of his best songs, like "Flight Attendant" or "God, Please Let Me Go Back," he's able to invent characters & put them in emotionally heightened situations. And he does some of that here with "Julie (Come Out of the Rain)." Julie is a pop crafted song with Daniel Tashian that is one of my favorites. But a lot of the songs on this album speak to he place where he is in his life. He wrote some of these solo and others with co-writers. When Rouse & Tashian team up, they usually create magic, and that's also apparent with "Our Love," "A Lot Like Magic," and "Start Up a Family." "A Lot Like Magic" is one of those Rouse songs like "Miracle" and "Rise" that I have close by at all times. Brad Jones serves as producer and also co-writer on two good tracks "It's Good to Have You" and "The Western Isles." I love the Josh Rouse melodies in these songs. "Simple Pleasures" is a bouncy, happy tune. "This Movie's Way Too Long" has that classic Rouse rhythm, melody and hook that is his trademark. The closers "Oceans" and "Happiness Waltz" are just as strong but surprisingly Rouse wind this album down by moving to the slow side. On "Oceans" I marvel at how Rouse is able to take a common nightmare about drowning and make it into a pure crystalline statement of beauty about uncertainity in relationships. You would think "The Happiness Waltz" would be the poppiest, happiest of songs but then it is a waltz! It's another song of so much beauty. This album returned Rouse for me back to 5 stars that associate with "1972" and "Nashville". This is a cohesive album of that caliber with high quality good songs througout. While I would go for "1972" when I want pure fun, I would grab "The Happiness Waltz" when I want an album that's going to both a pick-me-up-and-make-me-happy album, as well as be reflective and mature in mood. I suggest others who like this album listen to some other music from around this time with Danel Tashian. The first is Madi Diaz's " Does It Rain (Where You Are)," which Tashian co-write and compliments Rouse's Julie. The second is The Silver Seas album "Alaska" with Tashian, but he and Josh Rouse wrote "Roxy." I think "Roxy" compliments Rouse in this period and actually would not have sounded out of place if it had benn made for this album. Lastly, I cannot believe that "Let the Love In" on "The Happiness Waltz" album is a bonus track! It's too good to be a bonus track! This song for me is a must have song. Perhaps it's because I love "Rise" from "1972" so much that this song instantly appealed to me. The two songs share similar moves in the chorus. There is so much to love about this album!

Tschlick ,

The Original Rouse is back

Let's be honest he can really do no wrong in my eyes. However, the last few albums, with heavy influence of his life in Spain, were certainly not my favorites. This new album is a throw back to the previous Josh Rouse albums and it is fantastic!!

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