Nashville

  • Record Label: Rykodisc
  • Release Date: Feb 22, 2005
Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. As with past Rouse efforts, Nashville is always pleasant, if unexceptional.
  2. If you like intelligent song writing with killer sing-along choruses, then you desperately need this album.
  3. Somebody will really have to pull off a miracle to top Nashville as far as intelligent, honest and entertaining guitar pop goes in 2005. Or any other year.
  4. 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.
  5. Nashville is further proof that Rouse is one of the best songwriters of his generation.
  6. Nashville may not have the immediate appeal of 1972, but it is just as strong and, with time, may even be remembered more.
  7. Rouse's primary gift remains his easy-flowing melodies, which are coaxed along by his cherubic rasp.
  8. This is the year’s first great summer album.
  9. Uncut
    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]
  10. Q Magazine
    80
    These are great songs, regardless of categorisation. [Mar 2005, p.101]
  11. Paste Magazine
    70
    Decidedly a pop record. [Apr/May 2005, p.150]
  12. Not as cohesive nor as musically alliterative as [Rouse's] previous breakthrough, 1972, this wistful, meticulous collection of short, (bitter) sweet strummers fits its nostalgic niche like a K-Tel bargain bin 12-inch.
  13. Entertainment Weekly
    91
    Persistently gorgeous. [25 Feb 2005, p.102]
  14. 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.
  15. 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.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 34 Ratings

User 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. Full Review »
  2. eirike
    Nov 26, 2005
    9
    what a brilliant album - it should really be on all best music of 05 lists !
  3. MichelleT
    Jun 8, 2005
    9
    Almost as good as 1972 and different than the albums that came before.