El Turista - Josh Rouse

Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. The result is a globe-trotting pop album that sounds like nothing he's attempted before, yet still retains enough of his signature arrangements to make Rouse’s multi-ethnic transformation a believable one.
  2. Most of the songs on El Turista look to home and away as places and times of reassurance and comfort.
  3. 80
    The sweetness of its sun-kissed textures and playful melodies mark out El Turista as his best work since 2005's near flawless "Nashville." [Apr 2010, p.98]
  4. It also, sadly, carries on Rouse’s newfound emphasis on pleasant textures over passion and songcraft. Rouse never settles into any of these styles; he’s just breezing through.
  5. There are a few winning moments here, but overall the disc can't hold a candle to 2007's "Country Mouse City House," let alone career highs such as "1972." [Winter 2010, p.70]
  6. On his latest, El Turista, Rouse takes things a step further, diving headfirst into jazzy, lushly orchestrated, early-’60s-indebted Spanish-language tunes that play like a cross between Astrud Gilberto’s bossa-nova classics and Vince Guaraldi’s A Charlie Brown Christmas.
  7. 62
    This is merely alright, but it will surely need to burn slower to penetrate the heart.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Aug 6, 2011
    Isn't his best album, and the songs aren't as memorable as they usually are with Rouse, but it's a welcome change of pace. Half of the album is in Spanish and it sounds beautiful. Full Review »