Josh Rouse and the Long Vacations: Josh Rouse and the Long Vacations (Bedroom Classics)

 |   |  <1 min read

Josh Rouse: Bluebird St
Josh Rouse and the Long Vacations: Josh Rouse and the Long Vacations (Bedroom Classics)

Sort of “what I did on my vacation, part two” from this fine singer-songwriter who began so well with albums like Dressed Up Like Nebraska, Under Cold Blue Stars and Nashville which took him from the late 90s into the middle of the last decade. But after the cruise-control El Turista last year (nice but slight) and this nine song/25 minutes offering, you get the impression Rouse is spending a lot of his time at the beach (the opener is Diggin' in the Sand) and listening to Latin shuffles while waiting for cocktail hour.

This is pretty, literate and enjoyable music – more Latin touches, the Paul Simon influence intact – and the mood is warm and inviting. But there's not a lot of it, and what there is – while well-produced – comes off as all entree with no main course.

Lotta tapas, not a meal though.

The whimsy is fun (the banjo and honky-tonk piano on Lazy Days) and when he digs a little deeper – the subtle Friend, the reflective escapism of To the Clock – you can almost get enthusiastic. But for songs wedded to interestingly exotic arrangements, Beirut has stolen a march while Rouse has been in the lounger.

Nothing to actively dislike, just not enough to feel attached to.

Like the sound of this? Then check out this.

Share It

Your Comments

Clive - Nov 1, 2011

Agree Graham,like the last one,nice but abit light weight.He wont be waiting for the cocktail hour as he has given up the drink,so mayby this why he cant match the earlier ones and the more recent 'Country Mouse" and the terrific 'Nashville'

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

Louisiana Red: Back to the Black Bayou (Ruf/Yellow Eye)

Louisiana Red: Back to the Black Bayou (Ruf/Yellow Eye)

This seventysomething year old has earned to right to sing the blues: his father was lynched by the Klan back home in Alabama when he was boy; he was moved around staying with various relatives;... > Read more

Timothy Blackman: Modern Sprawl (Home Alone)

Timothy Blackman: Modern Sprawl (Home Alone)

This lo-fi singer-songwriter recorded the six songs on this impressive EP at his Auckland flat, so as a result he sounds like he's singing in your own home. Very much in the folk-rock tradition... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

STEVE REICH INTERVIEWED (1990): The maximal minimalist

STEVE REICH INTERVIEWED (1990): The maximal minimalist

American composer Steve Reich finishes telling of his new work – an enormous three-years-in-the making multi-media project – and then reflects on the austerity of his early music which... > Read more

GUEST WRITER SARAH JANE ROWLAND sees power corrupt in stark black and white

GUEST WRITER SARAH JANE ROWLAND sees power corrupt in stark black and white

Robert Rossen’s tightly directed 1949 drama All The King’s Men is a story of the moral and political corruption of an honest hick swayed by an unchecked ego and greed for power. It is... > Read more