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El Turista

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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
Josh Rouse has never stayed in one place for very long, but El Turista -- his third album as a Spanish citizen -- suggests he isn't leaving the Mediterranean anytime soon. "I'll send you postcards, boys!," he sings during "I Will Live on Islands," one of the five songs to feature English lyrics. Roughly half of El Turista is performed in Spanish, and far more than that bears the country's influence, from the strum of Rouse's flamenco guitar to the relaxed, siesta-worthy pitch of his voice. Rouse is still a traveler at heart, though, and he samples from several different cultures throughout the album, often devoting entire tracks -- including the instrumental "Bienvenido,"...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
Josh Rouse has never stayed in one place for very long, but El Turista -- his third album as a Spanish citizen -- suggests he isn't leaving the Mediterranean anytime soon. "I'll send you postcards, boys!," he sings during "I Will Live on Islands," one of the five songs to feature English lyrics. Roughly half of El Turista is performed in Spanish, and far more than that bears the country's influence, from the strum of Rouse's flamenco guitar to the relaxed, siesta-worthy pitch of his voice. Rouse is still a traveler at heart, though, and he samples from several different cultures throughout the album, often devoting entire tracks -- including the instrumental "Bienvenido," which opens the disc -- to his fascination with Brazilian traditions. Bossa nova and tropicalia are the major players, but Rouse even attempts several samba numbers with moderate success, all the while dressing up his songs in familiar layers of strings, harmonies, and minimalist piano chords. The result is a globe-trotting pop album that sounds like nothing he's attempted before, yet still retains enough of his signature arrangements (courtesy of Brad Jones, producer of 1972, Nashville, and Subtitulo, who reprises that role here) to make Rouse's multi-ethnic transformation a believable one. El Turista takes some getting used to, perhaps, but it's a solid piece of work.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/2/2010
  • Label: Yep Roc Records
  • UPC: 634457222021
  • Catalog Number: 2220
  • Sales rank: 142,786

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bienvenido (2:17)
  2. 2 Duerme (4:10)
  3. 3 Lemon Tree (3:04)
  4. 4 Sweet Elaine (4:27)
  5. 5 Mesie Julian (2:37)
  6. 6 I Will Live On Islands (3:02)
  7. 7 Valencia (4:36)
  8. 8 Cotton Eye Joe (3:57)
  9. 9 Las Voces (3:52)
  10. 10 Don't Act Tough (4:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Josh Rouse Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Cymbals, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Kalimba, Mellotron, Guitar (Nylon String)
Sam Bacco Conga, Surdo, Cuica, Shaker, Wood Block
Jim Hoke Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Brad Jones Organ, Bass, Percussion, Piano, Marimbas, 12-string Guitar, Vibes, Shaker, fender rhodes, Baritone Ukulele, Hammond B3
Chris Carmichael Violin, Cello, Viola
Joe Pisapia Electric Guitar
Marc Pisapia Bongos, Drums, Tom-Tom, Shaker
Pepe Torres Flute
Robert Di Pietro Percussion, Drums
David Gehrke Drums
Paco Loco Bass
Melissa Mathes Background Vocals
muni camon Background Vocals
James Haggerty Bass
Esteban Fernandez Perles Drums, Hand Clapping
Technical Credits
Jim DeMain Mastering
Brad Jones Composer, Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements
Chris Carmichael String Arrangements
Armando Oréfiche Composer
Josh Rouse Arranger, Composer, Producer, String Arrangements
Traditional Composer
Paco Loco Engineer
Paz Suay Composer
Christopher Moon Management
Frank Riley Booking
Paul Fenn Booking
Matt Hickey Booking
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