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Dressed Up Like Nebraska
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop, Rock
Josh Rouse's 1998 debut album, A collection of vignettes soaked in raw emotion and wrung out, elegantly. Sort of Freedy Johnston meets Nick Drake, Rouse's vocals resonate with a can't-quite-put-your-finger on it longing... more »
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Josh Rouse's 1998 debut album, A collection of vignettes soaked in raw emotion and wrung out, elegantly. Sort of Freedy Johnston meets Nick Drake, Rouse's vocals resonate with a can't-quite-put-your-finger on it longing, making his music as much about what's left in it, as it is about what's left out. 10 tracks. Slow River.
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Sarahbeth C. (buttercrumpets) from APOLLO, PA
Reviewed on 8/25/2012...
i love this cd. love josh rouse and this is no exception! :)
0 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Dressed Down Like Iowa
Lee Armstrong | Winterville, NC United States | 11/17/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Rouse's CD is a great treat. The opening track "Suburban Sweetheart" is my favorite with its addictive strum of guitar, "Take me back to the suburbubs, rent a house, change our names, if we could only find a purpose, we could only stay the same." Rouse, a native of Nebraska, sings the title track with David Henry's cello giving a Jackson Browne poignance to the arrangement. "Invisible" has a slow meandering feel with the bass and organ dressing up this song sketch as a good mood piece. "Late Night Conversation" opens like a rocker before turning into a Christopher Cross melody. "Flair" is a midtempo track with electric guitar churning like indigestion & the tap of the cymbal, "I can't recall the name, the faces are the same to me, the same you see." Rouse's vocals briefly emerge from the shadows on "The White Trash Period of My Life." Sounding more like a painting than a song title, "A Woman Lost in Serious Problems" is somber and meditative, "Did you ever wonder why I'm so concerned with all the ways; and I think I know the way to ease your mind some." "Lavinia" is a midtempo track with a country jazz feel. The CD concludes with "Reminiscent," a soft ethereal piece. Rouse's music comes across more often like sound sketches rather than fully developed songs. Because the lyrics are distinctive and the voice submerged below the instrumentation, it would have been nice to have a lyric sheet. But there are so many moods and emotions that fly out of Rouse's tracks that DULN is a very interesting set, well work seeking out. Enjoy!"
Lee Armstrong | 04/15/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I really, really like this record, and like other personal favourites of mine it took a while for me to realise it's greatness. Like a few said below, Josh Rouse's 'Dressed up like Nebraska' gets under your skin with it's gorgeous lilting melodies and thoughtful tales of everyday life/relationships and love lost. While the album is solid throughout, high points include the title track, 'Invisible', the excellent - 'Flair', and 'Lavina'. It's been a year since this was released, and while Josh Rouse isn't exactly a household name - this will be considered a classic down the line."