As a fan of acoustic singer-songwriters - in particular Nick Drake and Elliott Smith - I was eager to check out this album by Josh Ritter, especially as he has been compared to the above.
This album has quite a strong alt-country feel, and although as a rule I am not really into country, I'll make an exception for Josh. His acoustic guitar playing is great and he has a drawling, bruised voice with a broad American accent, pretty similar to Bob Dylan in that it is not technically great but packs in plenty of emotion and power, even when it falters a little.
Josh has an uncanny knack for writing beautiful, simple melodies with evocative lyrics that make you wish you had written them first. He can convey aching sadness when he wants to, but this album also features some really uplifting numbers - such as Me and Jiggs - that will make you want to bask outside in a cornfield somewhere drinking whisky with friends while the sun goes down.
There is a hint of folk on this record, and when Josh stops drawling and starts singing in a soft whisper you could swear he was Nick Drake's long lost son. You've Got The Moon is similar to Drake's Pink Moon - it is from the same school of yearning guitar playing and gentle vocals.
On a couple of occasions towards the end of the album I felt that the electric guitar seemed a little out of tune with the acoustic guitar, this is only a minor quibble however and doesn't spoil things. Maybe Josh intended it to be slightly discordant at times, who knows!
All in all, I recommend this album to anyone who loves acoustic music with beautiful melodies and meaningful lyrics. A golden age of radio indeed.