Graham Reid | | <1 min read
Some artists may always be the private passion of a few, and you sense this American singer-songwriter is hailed by some and utterly unfamiliar to most, many of whom would like him if they only knew.
Rouse has been a regular at Elsewhere and his albums like Under Cold Blue Stars (02), the slightly troublking 1972 (of 03 when some said he'd retreated into LA-lite pop) and the terrific Nashville (04) have all found favour in my household.
This double disc retrospective is the ideal dropping-in point if Rouse has gone past you: 19 songs from half a dozen albums, six from his 2001 EP Bedroom Classics which is a collector's item, and seven previously unreleased tracks (demos and outtakes).
Rouse is a proper singer-songwriter in that he writes the songs and finds the right tune to match, whether that draws from indie-rock, alt-folk, country or -- yes -- LA-lite types of the early 70s.
This is persuasive evidence that Josh Rouse has a warmth, insight and the songs which make him a very welcome house-guest.