Josh Ritter – So Runs The World Away
May 4, 2010
This is Josh Ritter’s 6th studio album and I feel I can just keep on saying the same thing over and over again. Because on “So Runs The World Away”, Ritter once again proves he’s one of the better songwriters out there and that he is very able to release an album with heartfelt and intriguing songs.
The album sounds very current, both musically and lyrically and is very accessible for pretty much everyone. The overall sound of the album is a little richer (especially in the arrangements) than “Historical Conquests” but the subtleties in the arrangements and the singers/songwriter nature of this artist is never far away. The sentimental The Curse is a a great example of how a musical arrangement can create a mood. Ritter’s vocals can easily, almost literally, breathe life into a song like that.
And Ritter continues to excell on this new album. For example the groovy, almost dark Rattling Locks is an unexpected masterpiece, which Ritter effortlessly follows up with the americana gem Folk Bloodbath. There are more excellent songs on this album (listen to See How Man Was Made and Long Shadows) and once again Ritter delivers on an album that deserves to make many ‘best of the year’ lists.