Josh Rouse
Nashville
(Ryko)
Nashville has all the makings of a terrible album. Rouse’s voice is reminiscent of Ryan Adams’, his alt-country owes to the bastardized Nashville sound that nearly killed the genre and his lyrics have a boringly upper-middle-class slant. Yet Rouse makes this recipe for faux-urban hayseed garbage work. His writing is charming and relaxed rather than inventive and im-mediate. Nashville succeeds in its unity: The songs build from each other, making the track list as dynamic as the individual tracks.
—Matt Charlton

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