The Happiness Waltz

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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
After a couple of albums that incorporated the influences of living in Spain (flamenco guitars, Spanish lyrics,) singer/songwriter Josh Rouse changes course on The Happiness Waltz to make an album that would have fit in well with those he was making in the early 2000s like 1972 and Nashville. Weaving together elements of country-rock, soft rock, Americana, and classic singer/songwriter sounds, Rouse and his longtime producer Brad Jones create a tightly arranged, beautifully constructed sound that matches Rouse's smoothly crooned vocals perfectly. Acoustic and electric guitars are nicely layered, keyboards and nice sonic touches (like horn sections) fill the edges of the ...
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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
After a couple of albums that incorporated the influences of living in Spain (flamenco guitars, Spanish lyrics,) singer/songwriter Josh Rouse changes course on The Happiness Waltz to make an album that would have fit in well with those he was making in the early 2000s like 1972 and Nashville. Weaving together elements of country-rock, soft rock, Americana, and classic singer/songwriter sounds, Rouse and his longtime producer Brad Jones create a tightly arranged, beautifully constructed sound that matches Rouse's smoothly crooned vocals perfectly. Acoustic and electric guitars are nicely layered, keyboards and nice sonic touches (like horn sections) fill the edges of the songs in with color, and the occasional pedal steel sounds really nice -- the duo know how to make a fine-sounding record. While there aren't any songs that are as hooky as the best songs from the aforementioned albums, there are a few that stick in the memory like the bubbly "Julie (Come Out of the Rain)" or the bouncy "A Lot Like Magic." The rest are pleasant and easygoing, but never really capture the imagination. Rouse sounds like he's cruising lyrically -- writing a song about writing songs ("Our Love") is usually a sure indication that someone is getting closes to the bottom of the inspiration barrel. Especially when the same song talks about putting the kids to bed. The reason it's hard to write him and the album off is that the song is absolutely beautiful, sounding like 10cc producing Al Green and creating a fluffy mood that is heartwarmingly sweet. It's a music vs. lyrics disconnect that happens again and again, and makes the album hard to get a grasp on. A little more passion in the vocals and songs that are actually about something would have made The Happiness Waltz a triumphant return, instead it feels like backtracking. It was time for Rouse to end his musical vacation and go back to his traditional sound; it's just too bad he takes it so easy. That being said, a mediocre Josh Rouse album is still good for a few listens, especially if you don't listen to what he's saying and just let the music's sunny warmth fill you up.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/19/2013
  • Label: Yep Roc Records
  • UPC: 634457228320
  • Catalog Number: 2283
  • Sales rank: 102,142

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Josh Rouse Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Electric Bass, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Vibes, Guitar (Nylon String)
Jim Hoke Flute, Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Brad Jones Piano, Marimbas, Background Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Overdubs, Vibes, fender rhodes, Hi String, Piano (Upright), Hammond B3
Daniel Tashian Background Vocals
Paul Niehaus Pedal Steel Guitar
Robert Di Pietro Drums
Paco Loco Pedal Steel Guitar, Pump Organ, Hammond B3
Raul Fernandez Piano
Xema Fuertes Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Piano, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Tres, fender rhodes, Wurlitzer, Guitar (12 String Electric), Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Esteban Perles Percussion, Drums
John Guindon Trombone
Cayo Beliveser Bass, Piano, Electric Bass, Background Vocals, Shaker, Upright Bass, Vox Organ
Technical Credits
Jim DeMain Mastering
Brad Jones Composer, Producer, Engineer
Daniel Tashian Composer
Josh Rouse Composer, Engineer
Blair Daly Composer
Robert Di Pietro Drum Engineering
Paco Loco Engineer
Paz Suay Art Direction
Christopher Moon Management
Frank Riley Booking
Paul Fenn Booking
Matt Hickey Booking
Xema Fuertes Art Direction
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