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Nashville [Josh Rouse] [014431067921]

  • 1. It's the Nighttime
    2. Winter in the Hamptons
    3. Streetlights
    4. Carolina
    5. Middle School Frown
    6. My Love Has Gone
    7. Saturday
    8. Sad Eyes
    9. Why Won't You Tell Me What
    10. Life
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 10679

  • Credits
    ProducerBrad Jones; Brad Jones
    EngineerBrad Jones; Brad Jones

    Personnel: Josh Rouse (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, keyboards); Josh Rouse; Marc Pisapia (vocals, keyboards, drums); James "Hags" Haggerty (vocals, bass guitar); Al Perkins (pedal steel guitar); Brad Jones (piano, double bass, upright bass); Daniel Tashian (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Curt Perkins (vocals, piano, Fender Rhodes piano); Joe Pisapia (vocals, keyboards, drums, background vocals); Chris Carmichael (strings).
    Audio Mixer: Brad Jones .
    Recording information: Alex The Great Studios, Nashville, TN.
    Photographers: Josh Rouse; Joe Pisapia.
    Josh Rouse's follow-up to his critically acclaimed album 1972 ventures still deeper into the territory of mellow, nostalgia-tinged '70s FM radio, and this time the results are a little less Philly soul and a little more Laurel Canyon. The gently lilting "Winter in the Hamptons" and "Saturday" find Rouse nestled comfortably between the Rolling Stones' "Tops" and Bob Dylan's "Sweetheart Like You" on the jukebox, while "Carolina" is so light it could make James Taylor cry into his lemonade. Tinkly piano floats under Rouse's breathy vocals on "Sad Eyes" in a manner sure to enhance any romantic yearning to the point of pain, while a boogie-woogie vibe turns up on "Why Won't You Tell Me What." It's great to see this Nebraska singer/songwriter stepping unashamedly into the AOR-ready troubadour mold left empty for decades, and it's a role he inhabits beautifully and proudly. Incidentally, the title of the album refers more to geography (Rouse lived in Nashville for a decade), than rhinestone-spangled cowboy style, though some nice pedal-steel guitar does sweeten up a few tracks.

  • Critic Reviews
    Entertainment Weekly (No. 808, p.102) - "[P]ersistently gorgeous....[patches] together Cali rock's orange-sunset warmth with Britpop's relentless longing..." - Grade: A-
    Uncut (pp.90-91) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[H]is crafted, gorgeous cunning won't leave that cityscape in your head for a long, long time."
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.106) - 3 stars out of 5 - "A journey through Rouse's teenage years seen through the teary haze of a broken heart concludes with a slab of closing-time philosophy."
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