Tourist is the third and most commercially succesful album by French Nu Jazz artist St Germain (pseudonym of Ludovic Navarre). It was released in 2000 and quickly became a crossover success both with fans of Jazz and Dance thanks to the international hits "Rose Rouge", "So Flute" and "Sure Thing". The album was remastered in 2012.
- "Rose Rouge" (7:02)
- "Montego Bay Spleen" (5:44)
- "So Flute" (8:31)
- "Land Of..." (7:52)
- "Latin Note" (5:59)
- "Sure Thing" (6:22)
- "Pont des Arts" (7:27)
- "La Goutte d'Or" (6:18)
- "What You Think About..." (4:47)
I want these tropes to get together
- Alliterative Title: "Rose Rouge".
- Blues: "Sure Thing", a melancholic track with a John Lee Hooker sample.
- Corpsing: "Montego Bay Spleen" ends with laughter.
- Deliberately Monochrome and Design Student's Orgasm: The cover. An old photograph from the early 1900s, with some color added to it.
- Gratuitous French: Not exactly gratuitous since this is a French album, but it's notable since they are the only two track titles in French: "Pont des Arts" ("Bridge of Art") and "La Goutte d'Or" ("The Taste of Gold").
- Indecipherable Lyrics: "Sure Thing" makes use of a John Lee Hooker sample, but it's quite difficult to make out what the man is mumbling half of the time. We can make out: "It's so hard, morning, droning, to you-ou, and that ain't right".
- Instrumental: All tracks are instrumental, save for occassional Studio Chatter, laughing and a few throwaway lines. The major exception is "Rose Rouge" with the lines "I want you to get together. Put your hands together one time. I want you to get together" and "Sure Thing" which has a sample of John Lee Hooker's voice.
- Jazz: All the tracks have a jazzy feeling, exemplified by trumpets, piano, bass and the like.
- Limited Lyrics Song: "Rose Rouge"I want you to get togetherPut your hààààààààààààààànds together one timeI want you to get together
- Non-Appearing Title: The album title doesn't appear in any of the tracks of the few lyrics that appear.
- One-Word Title: "Tourist"
- Questioning Title?: "What You Think About?"
- "Rose Rouge" uses samples from Marlena Shaw's "Woman of the Ghetto" from her album "Live At Montreux". The drum and bass loop are lifted from Dave Brubeck's "Take Five".
- "Montego Bay Spleen" uses excerpts from "First Dangerous Match" from the Scientist album "Scientist Wins the World Cup" and "Laser Attack" from "Scientist Meets The Space Invaders".
- "Sure Thing" has sampled elements from "Windy C" by 100% Pure Poison and "Harry's Philosophy" by Miles Davis and John Lee Hooker from the soundtrack of the film noir "The Hot Spot" (1990).
- Shout-Out: "Rose Rouge" was featured on the soundtrack of Much Ado About Nothing (2013) by Joss Whedon.