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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you like his later stuff, go back to the start..., 15 Feb 2005
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Curlynob (Eastleigh, Hampshire, UK) - See all my reviews
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This really was one hell of a debut. The first Rouse record i picked up was "Under Cold Blue Stars". I then went forward to "1972" and backwards to "Dressed Up Like Nebraska" and "Home". Dressed Up Like Nebraska is more downbeat than what followed. On the cover there was one reviewer who even compared it to "An American OK Computer". I'm not so sure about that, but there is certainly a darkness and experimentation here that has faded from Josh's more recent records (still waiting for my copy of Nashville to arrive). The arangements are more parred down, with some fantastic drumming and at times haunting use of strings. The lyrics are strong, and as ever Josh's vocals and harmonies are fantastic. This record sounds a lot like what Counting Crows would have sounded like had they plugged in on their debut "August and Everything After". For me, Counting Crows never lived up to the promise of that debut, but Mr Rouse certainly did - check out "Home". With each new record he maintains a consistant high quality whilst bringing something (subtly) new to the table. Some people have said on these pages that Josh Rouse is not a particularly original songwriter. Well i'll tell you one thing, this record proves he's a very, very good one.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real revelation of an album, 21 Oct 2002
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Jay M "jay_mc" (Dublin, Ireland) - See all my reviews
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With me being a fan of early 80's to current day electronic music, this seemed an unlikely choice for me. But after hearing a track from Rouse's next album 'Home' and buying it, I had to get this debut release by this talented singer/songwriter..
Songs centre around subjects such as love, life and loss. Typical mid-west stuff really. With gentle melodies combining well with Rouse's excellent electric and acoustic guitar work, this album is never rough or too loud. But the songs contain such beautiful hooks within them which catch the listener's attention, to set it apart from the rest of the American 'New West' generation of albums.
If an electronic music fan can learn to love this album then there's much more hope for you!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Josh, 27 May 2013
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easy to listen to good for driving. Had not been a big fan before but it grows with careful listening
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a good album, that you might learn to love, 6 Nov 2000
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DrG (Dorset, UK) - See all my reviews
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I wouldn't say that Josh Rouse is the best song writer in the world. There is nothing very original about what he does. But a few listens in and you realise that this record is a whole lot better than lots of other alt.country also-rans. And the title track, Dressed up like Nebraska, well that's a damned fine song if I ever heard one. I recommend this record (and his Chester EP, where he teams up with Kurt Wagner). It a wonderfully sad, but not melancholic record, which only gets better with age.
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