The Happiness Waltz

  • Record Label: Yep Roc
  • Release Date: Mar 19, 2013
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
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  1. Easily one of his strongest releases to date, if not his best, The Happiness Waltz is the very reason why musical history should have a small chapter for this criminally overlooked songwriter.
  2. 70
    There isn’t much in the way of surprises on The Happiness Waltz, though that’s no knock against Rouse; a songwriter of his caliber need not reinvent himself to create something rewarding.
  3. Mar 13, 2013
    67
    The album tips overly saccharine at nearly every turn, but the arrangements are tight and polished, with swelling, lush choruses and grooving AM-radio bridges.
  4. May 29, 2013
    80
    The music appears deceptively simple and unabashedly blithe at times, but regardless, the emotional undercurrent clearly comes through.
  5. Mar 22, 2013
    78
    The Happiness Waltz is a continuation: a graceful rotation of melodies and gentle reflection.
  6. Mar 12, 2013
    70
    What keeps it from the top is the lack of musical surprises. Still, these twelve songs will keep you warm as winter turns to spring.
  7. Apr 11, 2013
    80
    The Happiness Waltz is a big contender for Rouse’s best work, though fans will always point to varying favorites.
  8. Uncut
    Mar 12, 2013
    70
    John Rouse's ninth album is a return to the sound that made 2003's 1972 such a gem. [Apr 2013, p.77]
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  1. Mar 10, 2014
    8
    It´s more of the same, and since it´s Josh we´re talking about... More of the same it´s always good, really good.
    It is once again a great
    It´s more of the same, and since it´s Josh we´re talking about... More of the same it´s always good, really good.
    It is once again a great work coming from a great songwriter.
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