Josh Rouse
(Bedroom Classics/Nettwerk)
Josh Rouse loves to toil under themes, big banners to wave. His first record, 1998’s Dressed up Like Nebraska, conjured the American Midwest mindset. In 2003 he delivered 1972, a full ode to the time and sweet, sensitive style of songwriting. Following his divorce record, Nashville, is the new Subtítulo. The overarching idea seems to be escape, or hiding away, and how good it feels. After all, Rouse and company recorded the album in Spain. It’s a bright, sunny sounding album, a mix of Rouse’s usual melodic turns and lovely laments. In short, it’s more of the same. Fans of Danny Michel and Gordie Sampson take note, if you haven’t already.
—Sean Flinn

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