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  • Summary: Singer/songwriter Josh Rouse's third solo LP was produced by Roger Moutenot.
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  1. The album's hypnotic passages and resounding moments all surround the singer's typically simple, memorable melodies, but the highlights of Under Cold Blue Stars are the lyrical phrases that Rouse chews up and blows out.
  2. Lyrically keen and immediately catchy. [Mar 2002, p.84]
  3. 80
    Strikes the perfect balance between the pop-savvy shuffle of Lyle Lovett and the lush loveliness of '80s Englishmen Prefab Sprout. [Mar 2002, p.134]
  4. Under Cold Blue Ground blazes some new trails for John Rouse, but the quality of his songwriting and the emotional impact of his music hasn't changed a bit; it's a solid and satisfying set from a genuinely gifted artist.
  5. 80
    Under Cold Blue Stars is a towering achievement. [Apr 2002, p.108]
  6. Rouse has pushed out the boundaries that molded his first two full-length albums. And he's done it in all directions.
  7. 70
    Generally rawer than it's predecessor Home, Under Cold Blue Stars is as evocative as Rouse's much-lauded debut Dressed Up Like Nebraska, while reaching still further from the twang of his adopted Nashville. [Mar 2002, p.100]

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