El Turista

El Turista

by Josh Rouse


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El Turista

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/02/2010
Label: Yep Roc Records
UPC: 0634457222021
catalogNumber: 2220
Rank: 191783

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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

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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