Josh Rouse & the Long Vacations

Josh Rouse & the Long Vacations

by Josh Rouse and the Long Vacations

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Overview

Josh Rouse & the Long Vacations

Early in his career, Josh Rouse moved from state to state every few years, channeling the things he saw in each location into albums like Nashville and Dressed Up Like Nebraska. He jumped between genres, too, adopting a 1970s singer/songwriter stance one minute and exploring lush pop
ock the next. Things aren't quite as energetic on Josh Rouse and the Long Vacations, where he settles more firmly into the Latin grooves and Mediterranean melodies of his adopted Spain. He's played the role of "world music crooner" a few times since moving to the country in 2006 -- on El Turista, he even sang a few songs in Spanish -- but Long Vacations marks the spot where Rouse's ex-pat schtick runs out of steam. After all these years overseas, he still comes across like a guy from the Midwest, no matter how hard he strums his flamenco guitar. These songs never hit their mark as a result, aiming for the relaxed pitch of an afternoon siesta and often sounding closer to a snoozefest instead. Fortunately, any album by Josh Rouse still has its share of scattered highlights, even an album as spotty as Long Vacations, and "Oh, Look What the Sun Did!" shines as one the few moments where Rouse conjures up a sunny, chilled-out vibe without forgetting to anchor things with some sort of memorable hook. The arrangements are stunning, too, with simple touches of bossa nova, jazz, and Latin pop laced throughout. But this is Josh Rouse, a man whose best songs are well arranged and well written, and one outta two just isn't up to snuff.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/27/2011
Label: Bedroom Classics
UPC: 0634457547629
catalogNumber: 11
Rank: 147040

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Josh Rouse and the Long Vacations   Primary Artist
Raúl Fernández   Organ,Piano,Theremin,Vocals
Josh Rouse   Bass,Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Robert Di Pietro   Percussion,Drums
Paco Loco   Guitar (Baritone)
Xema Fuertes   Banjo,Guitar,Drums,Background Vocals,Tres Cubano,Group Member
Esteban Perles   Percussion,Drums
Cayo Bellveser   Bass,Piano,Background Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Josh Rouse   Composer
Paz Suay   Cover Design
Jason Reynolds   Liner Notes
Xema Fuertes   Composer,Cover Design

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