The Happiness Waltz - YEP ROC
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By Jon Falcone on March 22, 2013
Josh Rouse has always been comforting. Recently, he twitched toward bossa nova with 2010’s El Turista, a stylistic signifier to his current residence abroad. It didn’t quite inspire, but he returned to form with 2011’s Josh Rouse and the Long Vacations. The Happiness Waltz is a continuation: a graceful rotation of melodies and gentle reflection. “Won’t you tell my woman to bring some speed?/I can’t wait another minute to see those eyes,” he implores in “It’s Good To Have You,” as side-clicks patter against a snare. Characteristic Rouse, every song is beautiful, every word connecting in such a simplicity that makes you feel glad to be alive.