Josh Rouse has always held a special place in my heart. From our first introduction in 2005’s Nashville, I was immediately captivated by the ease of Rouse’s lyrics and the softness of his singer-songwriter beats. With his latest release, The Happiness Waltz, it’s no surprise Rouse continues to amaze and impresses. His southern-esc charm bleeds throughout the twelve tracks that compile his most recent project and Rouse invites you in the personal bearings of his heart.
Leading off the album, “Julie (Come Out of The Rain)” showcases Rouse’s musical craftsmanship and soothing vocals, leading the way to “Simple Pleasures,” an upbeat charmer and the retro inspired “It’s Good to Have You.” But Rouse goes deeper with you on “Start Up a Family”: “So we go through history / Pictures on the metal piece / A walk around the garden / Stepping she lays right next to me / Tells me all her fantasies / She’s never want to burn / I never seem to care.” A beautiful and somewhat truthful vision of life and love. Rouse maneuvers effortlessly from one song to the next, layering instrumentals demonstrating both Rouse’s growth musically and personally.
With ten studio albums, a variety of EP’s under his belt and a few years experiencing life abroad, Rouse comes into his own with The Happiness Waltz. A peaceful mastery of Rouse’s growth, and the wisdom that has followed over the years.