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So Runs The World Away

May 4, 2010 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: May 4, 2010
  • Label: Pytheas Recordings
  • Copyright: 2010 Josh Ritter
  • Total Length: 53:13
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  • ASIN: B003CJ66YK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,732 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

Possibly the best album I own, and i have over 2,000 songs!
Fountain Pen Connoisseur
Whether you buy it on vinyl or wait for the CD, Ritter's sixth studio effort is worth the purchase.
J. Loudon
It is this heartbreaking song that most brilliantly showcases Ritter's lyrical genius.
Brandon Pfeltz

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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 By Brandon Pfeltz on May 4, 2010
Format: Audio CD
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 By Kyle Anderson on May 5, 2010
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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 By Jeremy on May 18, 2010
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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.
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