Josh Rouse: The Happiness Waltz (Yep Roc/Southbound)

 |   |  <1 min read

Josh Rouse: It's Good to Have You
Josh Rouse: The Happiness Waltz (Yep Roc/Southbound)

I imagine Josh Rouse has long ago accepted that -- despite some fine early albums like Under Cold Blue Stars -- he will perhaps, after almost 20 years in the game, be one of those respected writers whose albums fall into the laps of fans but travel little further.

Elsewhere has always followed his career with interest (and occasional disappointment) so this pleasant collection which contains many songs of domesticity and happiness - largely unpopular themes -- can boast some lovely, gentle arrangements and might put you in mind of Paul Simon's albums like There Goes Rhymin' Simon (without any really upbeat songs).

But there's not a lot you can say about it other than that.

Rouse reflects back on time in the States (he spends most of his time in Spain these days with his wife and kids) but mostly you can imagine these songs might hav been written on the patio with a sangria close at hand.

Probably the best way to listen to this too. 

There is more about Josh Rouse at Elsewhere here.

Share It

Your Comments

DAN MARTINEZ - Apr 5, 2013

BIG FAN OF JOSH..."WALTZ" CD IS AWESOME.. VERY PROUD OF HIM BEING FROM MY HOME STATE(NEBRASKA).

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

Antony and the Johnsons: Swanlight (Spunk)

Antony and the Johnsons: Swanlight (Spunk)

This fourth album by Antony confirms what many already suspect, that a little of this divine, sublime voice can go a long way. All that high drama and quivering vocals, the allusive lyrics, the... > Read more

Graham Coxon: The Spinning Top (Transgressive)

Graham Coxon: The Spinning Top (Transgressive)

Damon Albarn has had the more visible profile outside of Blur -- Gorillaz, his Mali Music album, The Good, The Bad and The Queen -- but for the band’s former guitarist Coxon (who left after... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

In and Out of Fashion: The Style Council Deliberates

In and Out of Fashion: The Style Council Deliberates

When Auckland model Renata and actress Alicia-Anne Crawford stepped out last week at Une Enveloppe to announce the opening of "Fashion Month'' -- Blair Trader's new eatery on Auckland's... > Read more

GUEST PHOTOGRAPHER JONATHAN GANLEY offers a down-the-front rock experience

GUEST PHOTOGRAPHER JONATHAN GANLEY offers a down-the-front rock experience

Between 1981 and 1991, photographer Jonathan Ganley was regularly taking photos of bands and gigs in Auckland. At first he concentrated on the big names of post-punk when they played... > Read more