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"Songwriting for me is something I have to do to stay on the sunny side of life. It's my therapy. I pick up a guitar from time to time and it spills out. I feel lucky in that, after years of being blessed by their presence, the song spirits are still moving through me”

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  • Audio CD (February 22, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • ASIN: B00070FV3Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,613 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. It's The Nighttime
2. Winter In The Hamptons
3. Streetlights
4. Caroliña
5. Middle School Frown
6. My Love Has Gone
7. Saturday
8. Sad Eyes
9. Why Won't You Tell Me What
10. Life

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Nashville is filled with an atmosphere reminiscent of Neil Young's Harvest Moon and Bob Dylan's Nashville Skyline. His special affection for that city in Tennessee is played through a more elegant palette.

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Don't be fooled by the title of Josh Rouse's fifth solo album. Yes, the singer-songwriter lived in the commercial country music capital for nearly a decade. Yes, he has been known to use the occasional pedal steel guitar. And okay, there is a soft southern lilt to his voice. But there are no rhinestone-studded cowboy hats or tattered American flags to be found in this "Nashville," an album of gentle AM radio nostalgia and understated folk-rock beauty. Influenced in equal parts by Marvin Gaye, Bob Dylan, and the Smiths, Rouse moves gracefully between intimate acoustic ballads ("Saturday") and handclap-drenched pop songs ("Winter In The Hamptons"), all the while delivering more personality and deft songwriting than his platinum-certified neighbors could ever conceive. -- Aidin Vaziri

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Its very catchy, and it even has a little country to it.
Matt
Rouse has a very smooth voice that goes very well with his acoustic guitar backing.
Pete Trate
Keep your eyes open for this guy, hes gonna make it BIG TIME!!!
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Juan Mobili on March 4, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I must start by saying that these songs are likely to draw a smile on Rouse's faithful fans. Particularly, for those who have rejoiced on the Pop paths this man has traveled on Under Cold Blue Stars and, even more, on 1972.
Even for those people, like me, who remain moved by his darker, beautiful Americana debut -Dressed Like Nebraska- this album will have plenty to touch you with.
Don't get confused by the title either, although there are some Country hues -mainly the tasteful work of guest Al Perkins' slide guitar- the predominant sound is gorgeous Pop. This album is a tribute to this man's beloved city -perhaps a farewell song, having recently relocated in Spain.
Think of a journal of sorts of what someone lived and is now leaving behind, from which songs like "Streetlights," "Saturday," "My Love Has Gone or "Sad Eyes" are remarkable entries.
This is further proof of the depth and width of Rouse's great songwriting, a body of work that -at least on my book- deserves much more recognition that it has garnered.
Overall, Nashville exudes what a writer appropriately called Rouse's "sunny romanticism." A certain soft mood, the feeling that life is going OK, that things may turn out for the long haul. Yet, where "sunny" may not mean too bright, and "soft" does equate to harmless or easy. In other words, you can have a sweet voice and know how to sing of bitterness. And Rouse has certainly lived through his share of setbacks and anguished moments.
This album is glorious proof that you may choose to keep your heart open not due to being naive but because closing will more painful. You may realize -to paraphrase Oscar Wilde- that hearts are meant to be broken, that the real tragedy begins when they turn to stone.
This is music bound to keep your heart permeable to life and, in some lucky cases, even more receptive to hope.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Paul F. Johnson on June 28, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Listen to this CD and then try to explain why "It's the Nighttime" isn't plastered on radios across this land. In fact, I think it should be nominated for our new national anthem.

Brilliant songwriting here from top to bottom. "Sad Eyes" in the eighth track is a gem most artists would put at 1 or 2, but not Josh Rouse...this pop masterpiece almost gets smothered by the quality of the rest of the songs, but it pierces through if only to punctuate the strength of the entire collection.

This is a beautiful gift of tight, dreamy pop that begs for a vinyl release (I can't imagine the depth this would acquire through an analog listening).

Please purchase and enjoy in moderation...addiction is a very possible outcome.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Schoemehl on March 9, 2005
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This has to be the most well put together cd I have ever listen too. Josh Rouse is nothing short of a genius. His lyrics speak to people of all ages. And his smooth vocal abilities float right along with this wonderful cd. I love how 5 albums in to his career Rouse still has it. Also how he has incorperated a twangy country-esqe guitar into his sound without becoming country. "Nashville" is certainly a musical jem and should be listened to by everyone. If you have a chance to pick it up I wish you would because it is absolutly wonderful and you won't regret buying it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brian D. Adams on February 22, 2005
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I loved Rouse's last album 1972, and this album only continues the awesome grooves that made that such a good album. In fact, this album is most likely Rouse's best work to day, and that's saying quite a lot, since he has made such strong albums. Highly recommended, along with 1972.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Doig on March 8, 2005
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Josh Rouse is a model of songwriting consistency. From 1998's 'Dressed Up Like Nebraska' through to his last album '1972' he quietly keeps on crafting exquisite music, with each successive album adding a new twist or dimension to his sound. No surprises then he again has created something quite special with 'Nashville'

Like Rouse's previous albums, 'Nashville' is unmistakably influenced by the finest pop, rock, soul and country that his favourite decade - the 1970's, had to offer.

Put simply, this is catchy, endlessly melodic and memorable pop/rock all shot through with bittersweet feelings of lust, loss, regret and yearning. 'Middle School Frown' could challenge anything in the Simon & Garfunkel songbook, likewise 'My Love Has Gone' for Jackson Browne's.

In fact, tracks 1 through 8 are all superb, with the last two songs ' Why Won't You Tell Me..' and 'Life' being merely good. You almost feel that Josh Rouse decided to tack these last two on the end of the album because he's not ready this soon in his career to make the perfect record. Perfection remains in his future, for now I'll settle for brilliance.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Matt on March 1, 2005
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First of all, I never had doubts that this album would be bad. In fact, it picks up right where 1972 ends, into another zone of great music.

The album opens up with "It's the Nighttime" which is an awesome song to start the album. Its very catchy, and it even has a little country to it. "My Love Has Gone" has a very awesome feel to it, and it reminds me of Fleetwood Mac....mainly because of the guitar rhythms. Its just awesome.

I would have to agree that "Sad Eyes" is awesome. It starts with an awesome piano part, and ends with a catchy fast melody. The last song ends with "Life", which is very soothing.

"Why Won't You tell me what" is Rouse's "Comeback" on this album. Its very rock/jazz from the 60's. Its just upbeat and makes you want to dance.

If you want acoustic, electric, piano, and even music with harmonica: GET THIS ALBUM. If you haven't heard of this guy, you REALLY need to get his albums!!!
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