1972 - Josh Rouse
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  • Summary: The fifth album from the Nebraska-born singer-songwriter is indeed influenced by the music of 1972 (the year Rouse was born).
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
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  1. 90
    It's all done with such obvious love and affection and literate craft that Rouse has gone and made one of the albums of the year. Even if the year is 1972. [Oct 2003, p.114]
  2. If you say you've heard a better adult pop record this year, you are lying.
  3. The most intimate record of the year, and one of the warmest. [Oct 2003, p.113]
  4. 1972 has less urgency than Rouse's inconsistent but promising debut, Dressed Up Like Nebraska, and save for the last two tracks doesn't approach the earnest, careworn sublimity exhibited on Under Cold Blue Stars. It is, however, one of his most polished releases.
  5. Rouse pushes the envelope in a completely different direction, and with modest, although not total, success, he delivers an album that will rival the New Pornographers' Electric Version as the -- for lack of a better word -- most fun album of the year.
  6. 70
    The danger with this kind of project is sounding like a '70s revue, but Rouse avoids that with his intimate vocal style and quirky songwriting. [Sep 2003, p.104]
  7. All told, it may be the best set of songs Rouse has yet to offer.

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  1. Apr 4, 2013
    10
    I've listened to this album countless times and I never get bored of it. Slaveship, Come Back, Rise and Sunshine, 4 of the best songs on the album. A top album, deserves so much more attention that it receives. Expand
  2. PhilippeD
    Oct 29, 2005
    10
    An absolute classic, not a single average song. Grows on you over time
  3. Matt
    Oct 4, 2003
    9
    This is a fantastic album. I love how he has borrowed themes from the 70's and updated them. Addictively listenable, especially "Slaveship" and "Come Back". Collapse
  4. Scott
    Oct 24, 2003
    9
    A delicious pop album that feels both retro and ahead of the times. Josh likes music, and this album can make you like music again too! It makes me smile. Best of the year. Expand
  5. Aug 6, 2011
    9
    Great album. Every song is great and Josh Rouse is extremely underrated. Buy this and Nashville. "Rise", "Sparrows Over Birmingham", "Come Back", "Flight Attendant." Expand
  6. Luke
    May 3, 2005
    9
    Great album