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1972 [Limited Edition]

Josh RouseAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 26, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • ASIN: B0000AM6K2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,128 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. 1972
2. Love Vibration
3. Sunshine
4. James
5. Slaveship
6. Come Back
7. Under Your Charms
8. Flight Attendant
9. Sparrows Over Birmingham
10. Rise

Editorial Reviews

In this song cycle inspired by the year he was born, the wispy-voiced Rouse conjures (or imagines) the era's essential groovy vibe, from the title track's homage to Carole King's "It's Too Late" to the Brady Bunch bounce of "Love Vibration" to the flutes, falsetto, and jazzy guitar licks of so many of the retro arrangements. Yet Rouse's spin on the era transcends simple nostalgia, as the lyrics aren't always as buoyant as the sunny musical interplay, with "1972," the psychedelic soul of "James," and the piano-driven "Slaveship" all suggesting a darker tinge within this world of lollipops and rainbows. The bass pulse of "Comeback (Light Therapy)" has a hypnotic effect beyond the time warp, although a come-on line such as "it's the end of the night and I'm feelin' sexual" (from "Under Your Charms") would have sounded as lame in 1972 as it does three decades later. Apparently, those barely old enough to remember the '70s are doomed to repeat them. --Don McLeese

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A-Rouse-ing Beauty December 21, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Josh Rouse has been, quietly and without the benefit of a huge record company's promotional machine, putting out great album after great album. And, already apparent in his prior release Under The Cold Blue Stars, he's not interested in milking anything he's already done for guaranteed kudos. 1972 is a lovely set of songs, with the kind of balance between a unity of theme and diversity of moods that confirm the power of albums, over the "immediate-gratification" glory of churning out singles. The whole thing is a gorgeous homage to the seventies without the cheap sentimentality that could result from looking back at the music of any given past decade. Among other beauties, there are gorgeous things like the eponymous 1972 or Sparrows Over Birmingham, the groove of Love Vibration, or the rising arrangement in Rise. And all of it touched by the wild honey -wild, not processed- of Josh Rouse's voice.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 70s Rock for Now People September 26, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Let's focus on what Josh Rouse is: a brilliantly eccentric and refreshingly original songwriter, and not what he'll likely never be: a mainstream success. What Rouse has done on the excellent, but not quite a classic "1972," is make a Josh Rouse record that sounds like it was recorded the year of his birth. The album has plenty of decent tunes to recommend it, particularly the soulful title track (in which he cites Carole King in the second line), "Sunshine," "Slaveship," the ace lovesong "Under Your Charms," and the amazingly spiritual "Sparrows Over Birmingham."
Through four albums, Josh Rouse has been a uniformly excellent songwriter. Those who bemoan his lack of mainstream success are missing the point. If he ever did shoot for a larger audience, he'd lose what it is that make his music so special.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brooklyn Train May 18, 2005
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From the opening bars of "1972" we know this is going to be a special treat as Rouse opens with a homage, "She was feelin' 1972, groovin' to a Carole King tune, 'Is it too late baby?'" "Love Vibration" hosts a flower power message with Rouse's joyful chorus, "Now you people all know what I'm talking about." "Sunshine (Come On Lady)" has Marc Pisapia's bongo rhumba beat upon which Rouse builds a shimmering little ditty. "James" is a breezy melody with Jim Hoke's flute giving an airy feel about a loser who abandons his family and embraces a life of alcoholism. James Haggerty's bass sets a nice jazz groove on "Come Back (Light Therapy)" and then Josh layers in a delightfully addictive soulful melody, "I'm gonna stay on this mountain high 'til you come running back." "Flight Attendant" starts with a Latin-flavored soft rhythm and then Josh's hushed Nick Drake-school vocals whisper, "I grew up so scared, the bible belt, redneck lifestyle; one day I'll fly free in the airplane." "Sparrows Over Birmingham" starts off with a gospel flavor and then transforms into a soft shoe, "You grew up an isolated pup, you had some books, you had some love, oh god was watching over you." The CD concludes with "Rise," a stunningly original melody, "I should of caught a ride on Brooklyn train, meet on the corner & I'll entertain." "1972" is a fully realized set that satisfies completely. Bravo!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars David Cassidy meets Al Stewart! September 15, 2003
By Angie
Format:Audio CD
If the 21st century has brought us anything refreshing it is the slew of good, strong music that has been hitting the CD stores (unfortunately not radio, since radio continues to play drivel on adult contemporary stations )in the past two and a half years. If you know where to find it, there is a lot of good music out there (magazines such as UNCUT, PASTE and NEW MUSIC MONTHLY are great sources) and 1972 is a brilliant example.

Somehow managing to channel great musicians such as Paul Simon, Al Stewart and Jackson Browne and yet still keep his own voice, Josh Rouse delivers a pop album with smarts, sensibility and style. If you didn't know better, you'd swear this was an album straight from the good side of the 70s (and in the case of "Love Vibration" early 80s.)

There is not a clunker on this album and you may be tempted to hit "repeat" on your CD player. Here are just a few of the charmers:

"1972": a tribute to Carole King and a mellow, deceptively simple song which stays in your heart for a good while...

"Love Vibration": a catchy pop tune that makes use of the wurlitzer, flute and the most basic of lyrics and yet says a cannot get this song out of your head or feet! (In a way this reminds me of the lushness of the Carpenters minus Richard Carpenter's occasional overkill production).

"Sunshine": This is NOT Brady Bunch material despite what one music reviewer wrote recently. It's a nice percussion piece with an Al Stewart edge to it.

"James": Sad lyrics and beautiful music. I haven't listened to this one enough to catch the deeper appeal but it definitely stays with you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, intelligent reminiscence with a hint of irony September 15, 2004
Format:Audio CD
The one thing that stands out on this album is Rouse's strong songwriting. An album that uses so many of the sounds of the early 70s could easily sound cliched - especially at a time where every new band seems to be reminiscing about the past, - but Rouse's songs are strong enough to work in any format.

Rouse's songs are powered along by groovy baselines, the odd flute or saxophone, and driving rhythmns. Yet he could probably play the entire album on an acoustic guitar and the songs would still shine.

It's an album of sunshine with the odd lines such as:

I told you a thousand times/I sold you a thousand lines/"I love you would you marry me".

to give the album needed bite.

You could dance to it, sing to it, or cheer yourself up on a rainy day.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars fits like a glove
I read through some of the other negative reviews of this album and, quite frankly, became pretty puzzled. One review really slammed Josh for the lyrics, but they are just that ... Read more
Published on July 18, 2009 by elizabeth kiefer buila
5.0 out of 5 stars Josh Rouse 1972
My girlfriend and I were taking a drink at a bar in Mazarron, Spain and this
record was playing. Read more
Published on May 15, 2009 by Stewart V. Blandamer
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm feeling 1972
I heard one track from this cd at someone's house, i was sitting on the couch around 7 pm, on a summer day and "under your charms" was playing, it was the live version,i only... Read more
Published on July 3, 2008 by SapouNouFe
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful chill album
What a great album. So easy to listen to, and every song is good.

I will have to get more of his albums and check them out. Read more
Published on July 8, 2007 by cooleye
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
A great album from start to finish. It is my third album of his, and they are all among my favorites.
Published on July 7, 2007 by Mr. J
4.0 out of 5 stars wonderful pop record.
a lot of care seems to have gone into the production of this recording, and it pays off. the sound achieved is rich with a depth of clarity that really is stunning coming out of my... Read more
Published on February 19, 2007 by fluffy, the human being.
5.0 out of 5 stars 1972
Fabulous Album. Unique and interesting work. Josh Rouse is honest, uncomplicated, and unpretentious in 1972.
Published on August 22, 2006 by Audrey Lynn Austin
3.0 out of 5 stars I was there.
If you were there(I was 17),you've heard this already,like you heard most good rock and roll the first time around. Read more
Published on March 20, 2006 by R. Hawkey
4.0 out of 5 stars Super Groovy
What a great album from the first track through the last. I have at times played "Slaveship" over and over just to hear the ooooohhhs in the background. Read more
Published on February 16, 2006 by R. L. Daniels
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good singer/songwriter album that could've been classic -...
With the two opening tracks "1972" and "Love Vibration", one would think the rest of the album would be just as wonderful. Unfortunately, this was not so. Read more
Published on January 6, 2006 by C. Cross
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