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So Runs the World Away

Josh RitterAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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Josh Ritter is from Moscow, Idaho. The son of two neuroscientists, he was on his way to follow in their footsteps when he discovered Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan's "Girl from the North Country" in high school. He has since released five studio albums and has been recently named one of the 100 greatest living songwriters by Paste Magazine, alongside Dylan, Springsteen, and Neil ... Read more in Amazon's Josh Ritter Store

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  • Audio CD (May 4, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Pytheas Records
  • ASIN: B003C5FMH6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,055 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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''I've come to expect good records from him...but this one took my breath away.'' Bob Boilen, NPR Music. Ritter's sixth studio album, So Runs The World Away, marks the beginning of what Josh calls a ''new period'' in his life, and it's reflected in songs that he describes as ''more detailed and feel as if they were painted in oil on large canvasses.'' The response has been unprecedented: confirmed highlights include NPR ''First Listen'' World Cafe,and print coverage in Filter, Paste, Esquire (music issue), and much more. ''Change of Time'' has been featured in March 23 episode of NBC's Parenthood. Heavy touring continues through remainder of 2010, with many gigs TBA!


''I've come to expect good records from him...but this one took my breath away.'' --Bob Boilen, NPR

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62 of 72 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I'm one of those rabid fans who thinks Josh Ritter belongs in the same sentence as Springsteen, Simon, Dylan and Cohen --- but the first few times I played his new CD, 'So Runs the World Away', I was seriously unhappy. It was just too different from 2007's 'The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter'. And "Historical Conquests" also gave me trouble, for it was too different from 'Animal Years', which came out in 2006.

I should be used to this discomfort now. Josh Ritter doesn't repeat. There is no sequel to "Wolves." There will never be another "Kathleen." Fans hoping that "Good Man" will be followed by "Great Man" hope in vain.

Josh Ritter takes leaps. It's what he does, it's his signature. That constant but asymmetrical flow of creativity makes him happy --- more to the point, it keeps him alive. Josh Ritter condemned to repeat himself would be a tragedy. This guy needs freedom to create the next new thing like he needs oxygen.

You can listen to Josh Ritter's music and think it's bouncy and fun, though sometimes a little dark and jagged for pop music. Or you can dig in. That is, you can spend time with a Josh Ritter CD as you might with a book that happens to be set to music --- you underline, make notes, reread.

I've been listening to 'So Runs the World Away' for a few months now. "Coming to terms with it" would be more accurate. Some songs are keepers from the get-go: for a rocking affirmation of love, "Lantern" may have extremely unusual lyrics ("The living is desperate/ Precarious and mean/ And getting by is so hard/ That even the rocks are picked clean/ And the bones of small contention/ Are the only food the hungry find"), but it takes repeated play to note that.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One step closer to folk legend.. May 4, 2010
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Fresh from his Historical Conquests, So Runs The World Away is the sixth studio album from the Idaho-born and soon to be folk legend, Josh Ritter. Released on May 4, 2010, So Runs The World Away is more than just a brilliant album, it also sings like a beautiful story.

Known not only for his catchy melodies, but also for his enthralling lyrics, this album is no different. It contains some of the best material that Ritter has written thus far, which is a huge accomplishment considering the man's previous musical accomplishments. The album soars, and it's hard not to close your eyes and envision an enchanting story to go along with the lyrical images that Ritter presents. Listening to the album is like reading a quirky, yet charming book, the only difference being that one takes hours while the other clocks in at roughly 57 minutes.

The album smoothly sails to a start with the intimate "Change of Time", a beautifully simplistic song with a chorus consisting almost entirely of two words, "Time, love." After the pleasing crescendo that brings the song to a quiet end comes the piano-driven "The Curse", which is your average woman and mummy love story. The quirkiness of the song accented with the impressive lyrics of a woman discovering and starting a romance with a mummy in the pyramids of Egypt. The mummy eventually comes to life and takes the world by storm, while the woman slowly dies. Obviously not your average radio-friendly pop song. However, it is songs like this that make Ritter a true diamond in the rough, his ability to unite lyrics, stories, and melodies is a true gift.

The album is very diverse, and Ritter has clearly chosen to experiment a bit from his usual americana sing-songy image.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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Many of my favorite singer/songwriters create a great album and then never live up to their own hype set by previous amazing records. This is not the case here. Josh Ritter continues to never disappoint! Every record he makes sounds different, each one is unique, as he continues to reinvent himself.

When I first listened to "So Runs the World Away" - my first reaction was I am a little disappointed, this is not Animal Years and this is not Historical Conquests! But after my second listen through I loved the album because it was something totally new, very much unlike the previous two albums. Josh and his band are never scared to take risks - and they almost always yield high rewards. He is not looking to become famous or sell out to the man - he remains true to himself. Truly an amazing feat in today's music industry.

Most of the songs (music and lyrics) are deep, poetic and take you on a journey you never thought you would go on but once you hop on you don't want to leave.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ritter's best to date, and that says a lot May 18, 2010
By Jeremy
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I've only been aware of Josh Ritter for a few years now, after stumbling across "Harrisburg" on Pandora internet radio back in 2007. I was intrigued, and I wanted more, so I chased down Golden Age of Radio. Golden Age, as it happened, was not the best Josh Ritter album (even at the time), but despite that I was hooked immediately.

I quickly got myself up to date, and I found that Animal Years was even better, retaining everything that drew me to Ritter in the first place; it was a bit rootsy, a lot folksy, and more than a little bit of rock and roll, all sitting behind some of the smartest and most powerful lyrics I've ever heard put to music. Is this the kind of music Bob Dylan would have made if he were first trained as a neurosurgeon?

So lucky was I to be discovering Ritter at that time, because The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter was about to be released that year. More produced and more refined, but also musically diverse; the folk and roots inspired core sound was there, but Ritter's musical horizons only kept expanding. Rockers, ballads, rapid fire lyrics, electric and acoustic; it's all there, and the album had a cohesion and flow that was impeccable.

So, that's where Ritter came from; So Runs the World Away is where he is now.

I had absurdly high expectations for this album; after all, Ritter seems to never falter in his musical progression, with each album better than the one that came before.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Josh Ritter is Amazing
Josh is amazing. We went to a concert and had a great time. He's high-energy (bounces almost constantly) and a fine musician, singer, performer. Read more
Published 1 month ago by James Petersen
2.0 out of 5 stars Will not buy another. Voice good but not a writer.
Good voice, but cannot write worth a darn.
Published 2 months ago by 2kids2cats
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love the song!
Published 3 months ago by Norm
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Great, soulful album and singer. An air of melancholy, which suits me to a 'T,' but not depressing! Like it!
Published 5 months ago by Leslie A Bagley
4.0 out of 5 stars Josh Ritter
While not an overly-talented musician, Josh Ritter is a poet with an excellent. His songwriting is compelling and powerful. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Josiah Luke Spencer
5.0 out of 5 stars YEAH!
Great CD here, probably the best Josh Ritter album from start to finish. If you like indie folk rock, you pretty much have to have some JR in your collection. Incredible lyricist. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Lucas
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is another excellent collection of songs by Josh Ritter. Well done and great music/lyrics. I can't get enough of Josh Ritter. Listen to it frequently!
Published 13 months ago by Amy P
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic CD!
Josh Ritter has a way with words. Emotional and sometimes fantasy-like imagery weave through the songs. Beautiful! Best of his CDs!
Published 13 months ago by Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic sound
I've listened to both the digital and vinyl versions of this album. The vinyl sounds beautiful. There is something about the way a record player compliments the voice and music of... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Matthew
5.0 out of 5 stars Deeply quirky...
Josh Ritter's music through the past decade's stayed quirky & restless. The mellifluous execution veils a dark, odd core of perverse Americana. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Daniel B.
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