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The Holiday Sounds of Josh Rouse by Nashville-based folk/pop singer/songwriter Josh Rouse is, what we’d call over here in Blighty, an album of Christmas songs. These songs have a ‘60s jazz flavour about them with its overriding influence seemingly being the 1965 album, A Charlie Brown Christmas by The Vince Guaraldi Trio.  

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The Holiday Sounds Of Josh Rouse by Josh Rouse
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8/10 Will 31 October 2019

It's almost Christmas, folks. By then we will know the result of the el**tion (the world is sunk in fire lol). But for now let's enjoy Nashville-based Josh Rouse's Xmas-themed 'The Holiday Sounds Of Josh Rouse'! It's a cute little number, with flavours of surf, smooth jazz, and lounge music. 

I just can't help liking this goddarn album. There's something so throwaway and disposable about music like this but 'The Holiday Sounds Of Josh Rouse' is just charming. I mean, it's called 'The Holiday Sounds Of Josh Rouse' for Christ(mas)'s sake! There's a lyric which goes "goin' with the flow, hangin' out with the inlaws". What a ridiculous line to put in an album. I mean really. Josh what r u doing. In 'Red Suit', Rouse invokes the image of Father Christmas wearing Ray-Bans. Mark E. who?

I'm reminded a little of the great and sorely missed Wesley Willis who used the most blatant and hackneyed arrangements coupled with lyrics that could be pedestrian as well as strange. Although Rouse doesn't use the backing tracks from a Technics keyboard, there are certainly similiarities between the two. 

This album is like anti-music. It's just bonkers. It's like something given away with a free magazine. 'The Holiday Sounds Of Josh Rouse' has got this weird faux-urbanity thing going on. This record is unnerving and strange in just how bland it can be. 

Listen up sheeple, the Emperor is wearing clothes. 



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