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On this CD, the lyrics are murky and convoluted; on most of the songs, the music rules. The last time I heard a drummer hit this hard was four decades ago in San Francisco, and that poor speed freak was still flailing when they carried him off. The guitars slash. The string section, to steal a line from one of the songs, is "screaming like horses in a barn burning up." And yet none of it's quite sufficient: "I put a whip to the kick drum/But the music's never loud enough."
I was sufficiently unnerved by "Conquests" to request a sitdown with its creator. In that interview, Josh made it clear why he'd confounded expectations --- because he needed to. For if ever a CD had generated expectations, it was "Animal Years". The public loved it. Critics loved it even more; writers who didn't see Josh Ritter as the next Dylan suggested he just might be the next Springsteen. Can we talk about a burden?
"People start to believe their reviews," Josh told me. "And the last thing I want to be is another Bob Dylan --- I don't want to be anything to him. What's the point? Sure, poetry is super-important to me, but these songs have another character. They're more about being confident that I can do this."
Josh is self-deprecating, so he calls the music on this CD "nerd rock". He's right, in a way; at his shows, pretty young things will never throw thongs at him.Read more ›
I came upon Josh Ritter as about 2 years ago and the first album I heard of him was Hello Starling which I think is a real gem. Later I got The Golden Age Of The Radio, his first proper album (there's a self titled debut though, which is only available online and I have to check that one out, too) and it turned out to be a highlight as well.
These two albums where mostly acoustic singer/songwriter-style stuff. Then came Animal Years which was quite a turning point, especially in terms of sound but it was a damn good record.
So how could I hope for keeping up that quality of work? I really could only hope for that but Josh Ritter surpassed my expectations once again.
The album starts off really raw and distorted, almost in a punkish way. To my biggest surprise these songs work absolutely brilliant, they make so much fun. Of course the songs are not monotonous and vary a lot in their style.
All in all I can really recommend The Historical Conquests ... to every music-loving person on this planet. And Josh Ritter fans will be very very happy with this new album.
The only sad thing for me is, that he never ever tours aroung my neighbourhood (Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, the Czech Republic).
Buy and enjoy this great piece of music.
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This is one of the earlier albums from Josh, but it has some gems that you cannot resist hearing over and over. One of my favorites!Published 7 months ago by TSP TX
Great record! Josh Ritter is a surprisingly minority artist, taking into account his talent and his long carreer. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Ángel
This album is incredible, from acoustic folk to fast paced rockers this album has something for everyone. Of course Mr. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Kaleb Braun-Schulz
Josh Ritter is a great artist and a must have to this genre of music collection.. I have the vinyl and it is naive well pressed and good recording..Published on January 26, 2014 by Draudio
Perhaps the greatest first 6 songs on any album ever made. From "To the Dogs or Whoever" through "Rumors" each song is literate, creative, evocative, stunning. Read morePublished on December 20, 2013 by Daniel W. Bleier
I had heard Mind's Eye on Pandora and was so haunted by it I had to by the disc. Though no other song is as dark as Mind's Eye all of the songs are good...many brilliant. Read morePublished on August 17, 2013 by david troen-krasnow