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Golden Age of Radio

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This Idaho-born singer/songwriter made a modest splash when his debut album was released in 2000, and after three years of watching his profile gradually rise on the national and international scene (he has an enthusiastic cult following in Ireland, including a cover band devoted to his songs, and Joan Baez has covered "Wings"), the Signature Sounds label reissued Golden Age of Radio, Ritter's sophomore effort, with a bonus disc that includes drastic remixes of two album tracks, one previously unreleased song, and two videos. Ritter's voice is charmingly unremarkable -- not ironic or casual or self-effacing, just pleasantly plain with an occasional hint of Dylan-style Okie affectation. You'll also hear hints of Freedy Johnston and fainter hints of Tom Waits in songs like "Roll On" and "Drive Away." Producer Darius Zelkha wisely avoided gussying these songs up, keeping Ritter's acoustic guitar and unadorned voice central to most of the arrangements and embroidering them tastefully with the occasional drum kit or electric guitar. [Not surprisingly, the remixes on the bonus CD take a very different tack, turning "Come and Find Me" into something much richer and more atmospheric and "Other Side" into a kind of twisted Americana trip-hop. "Chelsea Hotel #2" is a delicately lovely voice-and-guitar number.) If you own the original release, this reissue may not have enough new material to justify a new purchase, but it's definitely worth picking up as an introduction to this impressive young artist.] ~ Rick Anderson, Rovi

This scruffy, well-traveled, literate Rhode Islander recalls the desultory whispers of Nick Drake, the ragged tunefulness of Ryan Adams, and the natural wit of a young John Prine. He may come off as a slacker, painting his name on water towers and jamming to Townes Van Zandt on the porch, but his lyrical skills, unpretentiously poetic and refreshingly concise, suggest a purposefulness that's deeper than just folksy charm. Within the sparest musical framework--fingerpicked guitar, whirling organ, lo-fi drums, some bass--Ritter evokes a delicately dense romanticism that's more on-edge than earnest. "This world must be frightening," he sings, "everybody's on the run/but I can't leave this world behind." There's quiet wisdom in Ritter's world; fans of post-Dylan singer-songwriters will want to listen close. --Roy Kasten

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Come And Find Me
  2. Me & Jiggs
  3. You've Got The Moon
  4. Lawrence, KS
  5. Anne
  6. Roll On
  7. Leaving
  8. Other Side
  9. Harrisburg
  10. Drive Away
  11. Golden Age Of Radio
  12. Song For The Fireflies

Disc: 2

  1. Come And Find Me
  2. Other Side
  3. Chelsea Hotel #2

Product details

  • Audio CD (January 18, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Signature Sounds Recordings
  • ASIN: B00019PDF2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,729 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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