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Josh Rouse And The Long Vacations

Josh Rouse And The Long Vacations

September 27, 2011

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: September 27, 2011
  • Label: Bedroom Classics
  • Copyright: 2011 Bedroom Classics
  • Total Length: 25:19
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  • ASIN: B005J2BQ8Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,385 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Andrew H. Lee on October 8, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Dear Music Fan,

No reviews on one of the world's largest online music retailers over a week after this album's release date is a bad sign. Literate, opinionated, indie pop-rock music fans around the world deserve a collective spanking for falling asleep on the job. If you've heard this record - speak up! If you haven't heard this record - listen up! Josh Rouse deserves your attention - don't let the Spaniards beat the rest of us at our own game (of literate, opinionated music fandom)...

Josh Rouse is an uncannily gifted American singer-songwriter who moved to Spain about six years ago. He has released eight proper studio albums of unusal quality and this, his ninth, is no exception.

True to its title, JOSH ROUSE AND THE LONG VACATIONS plays for the most part like an extended vacation in a sleepy seaside town. A quick scan of the song titles tells you a little about the vibes you'll get through your speakers with this one - "Digging in the Sand," Lazy Days," "Look What the Sun Did" - seeming to hint that Josh Rouse is enjoying a lazy, sun-soaked existence on a Spanish beach while the rest of us poor saps toil away in our OFFICE SPACE cubicle existence.

"Diggin in the Sand" and "Moving On" have a special toe-tapping, head-bobbing, sing-along quality that will provide an escape from your humdrum existence. Prominent bass work and jazz, bossa nova, and Spanish influenced instrumentation and rhythms figure prominently on much of the album.

The name of the game here is "a-break-from-the-norm" and although the influence of Simon and Garfunkel looms large in the shadows (Simon is a cornflake Rouse is a piano) this is ultimately Rouse's show.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rushmore VINE VOICE on January 24, 2012
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This is a perfectly fine little CD. It's mellow and it is like a little (not a long) vacation. It's just that, after years of being a Josh Rouse fan I would have hoped he would have progressed further, both musically and lyrically. Those early CDs, particularly Nashville, Dressed Up Like Nebraska and Under Cold Blue Stars, showed promise of a guy rooted in 60s pop but also something of a visionary and able to translate into the 21st century. (Even the album titles were great!)

This latest CD contains just 9 songs. That's about 25 minutes of music. It reminds me of the band that plays at your basic corporate event with a vaguely Spanish theme. I imagine Josh Rouse can crank this music out in his sleep. It all sounds very similar. And if it makes people close their eyes and take a little vacation in their minds, that's not a bad thing. But in my opinion he stopped growing musically about 2 or 3 records ago. I probably have enough Josh Rouse in my collection, unless he decides to come back from vacation someday.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Lorenzo on November 23, 2011
Format: Audio CD
I am a big fan of Josh Rouse since his 1972 CD. After going back to his prior releases you will find that he is a genius at crafting memorable smooth songs (My Love Has Gone, Sad Eyes). As a Josh Rouse fan I totally support his desire to pursue his own artistic direction including the absorption of Spanish influences.

That being said, this CD is not in the class of his best work and seems more like the prior two Spanish linked CDs. There are two cool songs here-"Oh, Look What The Sun Did"which has a hint of the Beatles' Here Comes The Sun and "To the Clock, To the City" with a flute in the chorus that sticks in your head. The other stuff is either too short to care, like Bluebird Street, or just pedestrian " been there, done that" songs like Lazy Days. This Cd really did little for me which is a shame since I have such high regard for Josh as an artist. I have enough lazy afternoon music and don't see the need to spend $13 for 24 stingy minutes of music I will listen to once or twice and then sell at a CD trader store.

If you liked the prior two CDs you will like this. If you, like me, find this music sounding lazy and redundant, download the two songs noted above and skip the purchase.

Sorry Josh. Please come back from your vacation.
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