Release Date: Sep 27, 2011
Record label: Bedroom Classics
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
Josh Rouse returns with an album that dances from the lessons learned with last year’s El Turista. Whereas that album leaned a little too far into the realm of calypso and tropicalia for him to pull it off convincingly, the Long Vacations give him the perfect balance of softer samba shuffles under his bus-journey troubadour adventuring. Throughout, this is gorgeous; every tune swelters in a setting sun, his voice honeyed in harmonies.
Early in his career, Josh Rouse moved from state to state every few years, channeling the things he saw in each location into albums like Nashville and Dressed Up Like Nebraska. He jumped between genres, too, adopting a 1970s singer/songwriter stance one minute and exploring lush pop/rock the next. Things aren't quite as energetic on Josh Rouse and the Long Vacations, where he settles more firmly into the Latin grooves and Mediterranean melodies of his adopted Spain.