. . . . And then he seemed lost. There were more albums. More EPs. But the quality was not there. I always gave him a listen - but it didn't ever stick.
A few weeks ago an advance copy of his new album - out this week - arrived. The Happiness Waltz takes me back to 1972 and Nashville, to the best bits of 2006's Subtitulo (about where I left Rouse's music, for the most part) and it reminds me of the best aspects of most of the names I've already mentioned in this post. Gorgeous melodies that feel familiar almost instantly - check out opening track, Julie (Come Out of the Rain) and the closing title track. And, well, you can do the rest of the YouTubing yourself, but Start Up a Family and The Oceanwill tell you if this album is likely to be for you or not.