Song of the Day #3,668: ‘Businessman’ – Josh Rouse

My second-favorite album of the year so far belongs to one of my favorite artists, Josh Rouse. His Love in the Modern Age is a synthesizer-drenched homage to 80s bands such as Blue Nile and Prefab Sprout, but it still feels very much like a Josh Rouse record — sad, soulful and melodic as hell.

Rouse is the rare artist who is beloved by every member of my immediate family. He’s a staple on our car trips. My wife likes to point out that every one of his albums has a distinct sound, often a distinct instrument, that sets it apart from all the others.

Here’s it’s the synthesizers. On 1972, it’s saxophone and flute. Nashville leans on the harmonica. The Spanglish El Turista introduces flamenco guitar.

While his albums hop-scotch around styles and sounds, Rouse’s plaintive vocals always provide a grounding intimacy. The artist he reminds me of the most of Paul Simon, another master tunesmith who managed to make many musical styles feel uniquely his.

I wish I was the Paris rain
Falling all around your house
Maybe I could be close to you
Calm your fears and doubts

24 hours a day
I want to be with you babe
24 hours a day
But you know that I can’t
24 hours a day
I’m a businessman

Spend my time on an aeroplane
Deadlines wear me down
Another weekend coming home
Sleepin’ on your couch

24 hours a day
I want to be with you babe
24 hours a day
But you know that I can’t
24 hours a day
I’m a businessman

24 hours a day
I’m working hard for you babe
24 hours a day
In New York and Japan
24 hours a day
I’m a businessman

24 hours a day
I want to be with you babe
24 hours a day
But you know that I can’t
24 hours a day
I’m a businessman

24 hours a day
I’m working hard for you babe
24 hours a day
In New York and Japan
24 hours a day
I’m a businessman

I’m a businessman
24 hours a day
I’m a businessman
24 hours a day
24 hours a day

3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,668: ‘Businessman’ – Josh Rouse

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    From what you have featured on the blog, I can’t say that I’ve heard a wide variety of styles, but I do like what I hear, including this song.

  2. willedare says:

    The Blue Nile and Prefab Sprout — what great influences/inspirations! Now I want to hear more of Josh’s music… THANK YOU.

  3. Amy says:

    Daniel noted that the first time he heard resounding consensus in the drives around Jupiter was when Rouse popped up. :). I’ll have to add him to my rotation, as I’m not very familiar with him at all.

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