Album: Josh Rouse, El Turista (Bedroom Classics)

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It's not as if the urge to travel is a new one.

Long before global free-market economics made it easy for folk to bugger off in search of beauty, creative types were flying down to Rio just for the blast of it. Sometimes the people weren't even very creative. So here's midwestern Josh's version of the samba Grand Tour: a sensitive, syncopacious experience featuring lots of percussion, scrubbed guitars and big strings – some of it even in Spanish.

But hang on: hasn't Paul Simon already done Brazil? No?