Josh Ritter
The Animal Years


4.0
excellent

Review

by Kristopher L. Williams USER (6 Reviews)
August 10th, 2007 | 11 replies | 6,572 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Happy, sad, thoughtful, or mindless pick it up and give it a listen, you won’t be disappointed.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

The Animal Years

Recently, veering from my normal routine in music, I’ve ventured far off into the Folk world. Soon after my department I discovered Bob Dylan, Dustin Kensrue and Josh Ritter. Josh Ritter was the one who really opened my eyes and got me into Folk music. This album, titled The Animal Years was released in 2006, produced by Brian Deck, and was held by V2 records. Josh Ritter has released three albums prior to this, and has one after. His style is a borderline linear, but he also maintains to amend many different themes to it. Thus my venture from my primary music interests has led me to an amazing song-writer and an amazing album, I present The Animal Years .

As you touch the surface of the cd, you reach Girl in the War which opens with clean guitar soon followed by Josh Ritter’s’ clean and improved vocals, and as you engulf into the
words you find yourself in a world of extended metaphors and historical references. Ironically, most of what you hear on the album will rattle your intellect, and make you really think about what he’s saying before you firmly grasp the concept of each song. Some are upbeat, but hold downright depressing lyrics, dealing with modern war, and modern love lives, contrary to that, you find the exact opposite, with music versus the lyrics. Not one song on the album will leave you desperate for anything more then delivered; the cheap thrills are non existent with Ritter’s lyrics, nor does his music fail to impress.

The entire album includes light drumming, and a strong piano vibe that keeps your attention and doesn’t seem to veer far from the ordinary. Where some find repetitiveness to be a negative, I find it to be impressive, and it couldn’t be constructed better. Each song holds its own strong emotion, and imaginary metaphoric atmosphere. Though there are a lot of imaginary messages, Ritter also uses a lot of biblical and historical references to portray an image of which he wants to be visible throughout each song. Thus, meanings might be a bit hidden in the eyes of a casual listener, but can be found after a few listens.

Folk writing can be better, but not much better. This cd delivers more then anticipated by many fans of the genre. You’ll find everything you want with The Animal Years , and definitely more as you continue to listen to the album. Even in doubt, this album should be given a chance, and will fit any mood that you confront. Happy, sad, thoughtful, or mindless pick it up and give it a listen, you won’t be disappointed.



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chickenfish
August 10th 2007



1008 Comments


Eh...bad review, but give me some constructive criticism.

Great album nonetheless.

Fort23
August 10th 2007



2469 Comments


Wow, no this is a great review, you just turned me on to some realy cool looking stuff. Keep up the good workThis Message Edited On 08.10.07

FriendofTheDevil70
August 10th 2007



384 Comments


Very nice review actually. I'm a big folk fan, but somehow this guy slipped under the radar for me. Checking him out right now. Nice job.

jrowa001
August 10th 2007



8749 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

great review, im always up for more folk music. if you havent already, you should check out Nick Drake, either his albums Pink Moon or Five Leaves Left....both are classics

chickenfish
August 10th 2007



1008 Comments


Thanks for all the positive feedback!

great review, im always up for more folk music. if you havent already, you should check out Nick Drake, either his albums Pink Moon or Five Leaves Left....both are classics


Thanks, and I'll definitely check them out.This Message Edited On 08.10.07

chickenfish
August 11th 2007



1008 Comments


you should check out Nick Drake


I'm loving this cd! Pink Moon by the way.This Message Edited On 08.11.07This Message Edited On 08.11.07

jrowa001
August 11th 2007



8749 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah Pink Moon is amazing, Five Leaves Left is even better imo. both i give a 5/5 though. im glad i told you about him, its a shame he had to die so young. he put so much emotion into his music

EDIT: other guys to check out are Elliott Smith and Jeff Buckley. both are just as essential as DrakeThis Message Edited On 08.11.07
do you mind sending me this, i cant seem to get my hands on it, it would be much appreciated. jrowa001@ucr.eduThis Message Edited On 08.11.07

chickenfish
August 11th 2007



1008 Comments


do you mind sending me this, i cant seem to get my hands on it, it would be much appreciated. jrowa001@ucr.edu


Over email?

jrowa001
August 12th 2007



8749 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah have you ever used mediafire before? you just put the album in a .rar or a zip folder then upload it on mediafre. when done it gives a link to the album and i just put it in a browser and it will ask me to download the album. its really easy. normally only takes 20 some minutes so upload. if you dont want to thats cool, it just takes forever to send stuff through AIM. theres a thread in Rock and Metal called Daily Upload that does this all the time.

dont worry if i like it i will definitely buy it This Message Edited On 08.12.07

jrowa001
August 16th 2007



8749 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i found it!! its awesome

chickenfish
August 17th 2007



1008 Comments


It is, definitely!



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