Love In The Modern Age
Yep Roc Records
Recorded in Valencia, Spain, and in Nashville, Tenn., Josh Rouse’s 12th album is a compact collection of cool, airy but caring songs about relationships in different stages of development or deterioration. The title track is “for the lovers who stick with it.” Closer, There Was A Time has a Cohenesque feel — though it could be Richard Hawley, too — and the late Canadian bard may also be getting a wink with I’m Your Man. While Cohen was willing to do anything for his lover, Rouse’s guy has been out carousing and sounds more provocative than committed — come and get me while you can. Even modern loves have heartbeats, and Rouse has a delicate way of keeping his finger on the pulse.