Dressed Up Like Nebraska

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Dressed Up Like Nebraska
Dressed Up Like Nebraska (Josh Rouse album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by Josh Rouse
Released April 28, 1998 [US]
Genre Folk music, indie rock
Label Slow River/Rykodisc
Producer Josh Rouse, David Henry
Josh Rouse chronology
Dressed Up Like Nebraska
Chester EP
(1999)Chester EP1999

Dressed Up Like Nebraska is the first album by the indie folk musician Josh Rouse. It was released in the United States on April 28, 1998, by Rykodisc sub-label Slow River.[1][2]

Rouse began recording the album on an 8-track recorder in his living room.[3] The album was co-produced by former Cowboy Junkies touring member David Henry, who also played bass and cello and provided backing vocals.[3]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

The album received a positive response from critics, with Glen Sarvady in CMJ New Music Monthly stating "Rouse is a songwriter with potential, and much of it is already realized on this debut disc."[4] His fellow CMJ writer Jonathan Perry called the album "a strikingly poised debut brimming with graceful, evocative songs about regret and desire".[3] It received a four-star review from Allmusic, with James Chrispell describing it as "one of those classic discs one hears about, but seldom hears".[1] Billboard described it as "a dark-horse gem...one beguiling record".[5] The album received three and half stars for performance and three stars for sonics from Stereophile magazine.[6] The album also received a positive review from Les Inrockuptibles.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Josh Rouse.

  1. "Suburban Sweetheart" — 2:49
  2. "Dressed Up Like Nebraska" — 3:25
  3. "Invisible" — 3:34
  4. "Late Night Conversation" — 3:54
  5. "Flair" — 4:26
  6. "The White Trash Period of My Life" — 6:46
  7. "A Simple Thing" — 4:10
  8. "A Woman Lost in Serious Problems" — 3:14
  9. "Lavina" — 4:15
  10. "Reminiscent" — 5:10


  1. ^ a b c Chrispell, James "Dressed Up Like Nebraska Review", Allmusic. Retrieved January 28, 2015
  2. ^ Reece, Doug (1998) "Dressed to Kill", Billboard, May 16, 1998, p. 22. Retrieved January 28, 2015
  3. ^ a b c Perry, Jonathan (1998) "No Parking", CMJ New Music Monthly, December 1998, p. 14. Retrieved January 28, 2015
  4. ^ Sarvady, Glen (1998) "Josh Rouse Dressed Up Like Nebraska", CMJ New Music Monthly, June 1998, p. 48. Retrieved January 28, 2015
  5. ^ Verna, Paul (1998) "Josh Rouse Dressed Up Like Nebraska", Billboard, June 27, 1998, p. 24. Retrieved January 28, 2015
  6. ^ "Josh Rouse - Dressed Up Like Nebraska", Stereophile, Volume 21, Issues 7-12, 1998, p. 199
  7. ^ Deschamps, Stéphane (1998) "Dressed Up Like Nebraska", Les Inrockuptibles, April 28, 1998. Retrieved January 28, 2015