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  • Summary: Singer/songwriter Josh Rouse's third solo LP was produced by Roger Moutenot.
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  1. Quietly thrilling. [Feb 2002, p.113]
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
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    Under Cold Blue Stars is a towering achievement. [Apr 2002, p.108]
  5. Few songwriters can express these mundane intricacies of melancholia free from morose affectation, but Rouse's heartbreak and hurt sounds honest and natural, inviting you to share his pain.
  6. Rouse has pushed out the boundaries that molded his first two full-length albums. And he's done it in all directions.
  7. A surprisingly upbeat collection of inviting pop numbers.

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  1. [Anonymous]
    Apr 5, 2003
    9
    great, kind of chill, david gray-esque, if you like labels; its altcountry with electronic background noise....and its a grower.
  2. JorelL
    Oct 17, 2007
    4
    I much admire Rouse's 1972 and Nashville, but this early effort is almost a complete snooze. The melodies are way too meek and mild to I much admire Rouse's 1972 and Nashville, but this early effort is almost a complete snooze. The melodies are way too meek and mild to make one care about the lyrics. Expand