Josh Rouse is a critically acclaimed, Nashville based singer songwriter. His 2003 album entitled 1972 received high praise with AllMusic stating "If you say you've heard a better adult pop record this year, you are lying," while Uncut Magazine in the UK said, "It's all done with such obvious love and affection and literate craft that Rouse has gone and made one of the albums of the year. Even if the year is 1972." Absolute Punk called his 2013 album The Happiness Waltz "...the very reason why musical history should have a small chapter for this criminally overlooked songwriter." This year, Rouse released his twelfth studio album, Love In The Modern Age, via Yep Roc Records. While his previous albums have primarily been guitar based affairs, the new record was written largely on synthesizer and is inspired by 1980s production found on efforts by The Style Council, The Blue Nile, Leonard Cohen, and Prefab Sprout. Paste Magazine called it "...intoxicating in an un-bummed-out Beck's Sea Change sort of way," while Forbes said "This is a masterful storyteller celebrating the nostalgia of his youth with his own feel." This week, Josh launches a tour in support of Love In The Modern Age, beginning tomorrow in the U.K. See all dates at www.joshrouse.com. This is Josh Rouse's Fidelity High: Prefab Sprout // Two Wheels Good (aka Steve McQueen) // Epic Records // 1985. Josh says, "I did not find out about this band until my early twenties when a friend who was playing drums for me said that my songs had something of a 'Prefab Sprout' sound. This is the first record I purchased by them and I think without a doubt the best. I have listened to the song 'Bonny' a million times and never get tired of it. Thomas Dolby produced and somehow created a live energy but you can tell it was done track by track. I've always known the record as 'Two Wheels Good,' however the UK title was 'Steve McQueen.' The slightly jazzy, sophisti-pop style was a reference while producing my latest release."
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