Josh Ritter – The Animal Years
March 20, 2006
On his past three releases, Josh Ritter kept on growing. And low and behold, on “The Animal Years” he shows even more maturity and growth. It’s amazing how this singer/songwriter is able to keep developing himself into a better artist. Especially considering that the level he reached on his previous release was already pretty high.
On “The Animal Years” Ritter shines as one of today’s primary singer/songwriters. From the opening track Girl In The War to the closer Here At The Right Time there are only highlights. The whole album consists of strong songs and musical arrangements that are performed with feeling, passion and precision. Ritter is an artist who can let his music and his lyrics speak for itself.
The round, Fleetwood Mac-esque Wolves is a track that I’d like to point out as it is not exactly what I was expecting from Ritter, but it works very well. The energetic Lillian, Egypt is another song I’d like to point out as it has that westcoast groove and yet it has a very playful sound and it is a lot of fun to listen to this song. Also songs like One More Mouth and Thin Blue Flame are very impressive. But like I said before, there isn’t really anything negative to say about this excellent album. “The Animal Years” is Josh Ritter’s best release to date.