Saturday, September 01, 2007

CD Review - The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter

Josh Ritter - The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter


The world needs more Josh Ritters; those songwriters with a natural gift of poetry and an ability to speak out about important things like Iraq as he demonstrated on last years 'The Animal Years€™'.

It'€™s a little disappointing then that with '€˜Historical Conquests'€™ Josh has abandoned his earnest, intricate watchmaker approach to songwriter in favour of 'shooting the watch to pieces'€™. The 14 new songs are raucous, varied, sing-a-long and fun. It opens with Joan of Arc and Calamity Jane trapped inside Jonah'€™s whale, ladies underwear and the temptation of Adam. It picks up where 'Wolves' left off on 'The Animal Years'€™, upbeat and vintage. It feels like the end of the summer vacation, a last hurrah before the real work begins.

Download: Right Moves, Mind's Eye, Open Door
For fans of: Bob Dylan, Josh Rouse, Ray Lamontagne

Rating: 3.5/5

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