Love in the Modern Age (Yep Roc)
The American troubadour played a blinder at Whelan’s, Dublin last week and songs from this latest album sat comfortably with the crowdpleasers from his 1972 and Nashville days. Unlike those albums — and the rest of his 20-year folk-rock oeuvre — this one is built around synthesizers. It’s a transition that Rouse pulls off comparatively well, not least because his gifts for melody and lyrics are undimmed. ‘Businessman’ is a highlight and the electro-pop of ‘Ordinary People, Ordinary Lives’ offers a reminder of his observational nous. The question remains, however: why is he not better known?