JOSH ROUSE - BREMEN 2008

April 6, 2009 – 4:13 am

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JOSH ROUSE
Bremen 2008 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Lagerhaus, Bremen, Germany, November 21, 2008. Very good radio broadcast.

Sometimes, nothing can be plainer and more heartfelt than a man and his guitar. Josh Rouse might not currently be as popular as Duffy nor as beguiling as Steven Sufjan but this indie folk singer has managed to carve a niche for himself since his debut album, Dressed Up Like Nebraska, in 1998.

Think Paul Simon without the pointed lyrics and with more than a touch of Don McLean, Rouse seems to be the troubadour for these tired times - easy listening tunes with a story if you’re looking for one. Like he sings on 1972, the opening track: “We’re going through the changes/Hoping for a replacement/Until we find a way out of this hole.” Or Rouse’s love for Spain in Valencia.

Or as writer Frank Goodman in puremusic.com said: “One of the many acts we’ve covered that I listen to for mere pleasure consistently is Josh Rouse. I wondered why recently, and came to the conclusion that that’s the way his songs are written and the discs get cut, in the spirit of kicking back and having a good time. ”

Yes, sometimes, simple is still the best. [Though it’s unfortunate that one of Rouse’s catchiest songs, Love Vibration, gets cut off in the radio programme.]

Thanks to Tomyoungster for sharing the tracks on the Dime site.

These tracks are no longer available for sharing.01 1972
02 It’s The Nighttime
03 Carolina
04 Quiet Town
05 Summertime
06 Valencia
07 Under Cold Blue Stars
08 Winter In The Hamptons
09 My Love Has Gone
10 Lemon Tree
11 Sunshine
12 Love Vibration -cut

Click on the link to order Josh Rouse albums.

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