Love in the Mod­ern Age (Yep Roc)

Irish Independent - Weekend Review - - FRONT PAGE -

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?

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