Nashville - Josh Rouse
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  • Summary: The singer-songwriter follows his acclaimed effort '1972' with another album produced by Brad Jones. Don't be fooled by the title: it's not a country album, but rather, a farewell to the city Rouse has called home for the past decade (before moving to Spain).
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Persistently gorgeous. [25 Feb 2005, p.102]
  2. Nashville validates the promise Rouse has exhibited since Dressed Up Like Nebraska, encompassing a gift for emotional detail and a fondness for simple, unadorned lyrics. It's an understated, impeccably played collection of heartfelt tunes about a time and place that can never be returned to.
  3. 90
    If you liked 1972 in 1972, or liked '1972' in 2003, you'll find yourself swimming with this. [Album of the Month, Mar 2005, p.90]
  4. Rouse’s ambiguity and storytelling, so strong on Under the Cold, coupled with the quirky pop pastiche that found it’s backbone on 1972, is what his latest effort is all about.
  5. Rouse's primary gift remains his easy-flowing melodies, which are coaxed along by his cherubic rasp.
  6. Nashville is chock full of weeping slide guitar work, soaring harmonies, keyboards, and Rouse’s lonely breath of a voice pushing out from the relatively lush production.
  7. Where artists such as Elliott Smith or Jeff Tweedy manage to express their unique creative personalities while they wield the traditional tools of the trade, Rouse's songwriting lacks a similar sense of urgency or drama, too often stumbling into amazingly trite cliches. [#9]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Aug 6, 2011
    10
    Josh Rouse' best record, with 1972 close behind. First bought this in Montana while road tripping through the country. Perfect driving (orJosh Rouse' best record, with 1972 close behind. First bought this in Montana while road tripping through the country. Perfect driving (or anything) music. All the songs are great. I also had the honor of seeing him on this tour in Nashville, solo acoustic. Fantastic. Expand
  2. LuísN
    Mar 8, 2005
    10
    Just great! It can't get any better!!
  3. tj
    Mar 30, 2005
    10
    this CD quickly became the one that dominates my CD player....
  4. SørenJ
    Feb 27, 2005
    9
    Consistently brilliant - full of achingly beautiful melodies and insanely catchy hooks and choruses. "Sad Eyes" must rank among this Consistently brilliant - full of achingly beautiful melodies and insanely catchy hooks and choruses. "Sad Eyes" must rank among this year's most tear jerkingly heartfelt beauties and that song alone would make this album a deeply necessary purchase. Expand
  5. davew
    Jun 3, 2005
    9
    A great album which if marketed correctly would make Josh Rouse a household name
  6. [Anonymous]
    Mar 3, 2005
    9
    A little more of the same infectious vibe I enjoyed from 1972.
  7. stompied
    Feb 27, 2005
    5
    i don't get it. this album doesn't elicit any emotional response. i find it incredibly boring and the lyrics are precious. i don't get it. this album doesn't elicit any emotional response. i find it incredibly boring and the lyrics are precious. i'll give it another few listens, but right now, i just see this as a mediocre disk lacking in personality. Expand

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