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Golden Age of Radio

Josh Ritter Audio CD
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Josh Ritter is from Moscow, Idaho. The son of two neuroscientists, he was on his way to follow in their footsteps when he discovered Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan's "Girl from the North Country" in high school. He has since released five studio albums and has been recently named one of the 100 greatest living songwriters by Paste Magazine, alongside Dylan, Springsteen, and Neil ... Read more in Amazon's Josh Ritter Store

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  • Audio CD (8 Jun 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Imports
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 299,255 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heartfelt bruised country/folk/blues: excellent! 27 Dec 2003
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Format:Audio CD
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.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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i first encountered josh ritter when i went to see joan baez in concert and he was one of her support acts. Although he was young, his songwriting is incredible as is his singing and the enthusiasium and feeling in his lyrics.Im a big fan of Bob dylan and Paul Simon and I think Mr Ritter is well on his way to being this generations equal.I bought this album at the concert and josh was kind enough to sign it for me,he was so exited by the amount of people interested in his music.i really recommend this album for sunny days,lazy afternoons and romantic summer nights.i especially liked "you've got the moon","harrisburg" and "song for fireflies",these songs showing joshs' sensitivity and diversity of subject matter.GO BUY IT NOW!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music accessible to all 25 Mar 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is the 2004 re-release of Josh's 2nd album "Golden Age Of Radio", featuring a disc of bonus material, a full lyric book and new photos.
On the first disc , Ritter provides us with 12 songs that, although rooted a country/folk mode, are realised on record in a manner which makes them accessible to all – from embattled old folkies to FM radio kids. The best example of this is ‘Me & Jiggs’, touted as the lead song on the album, a poignant song of teenage rebellion in a down-home four-chord progression, recalling a time when: ”we were sittin' on the porch / play guitar to burn off the hours / till we climb the fences at the edge of town / and paint our names on the water towers.”
And most of the songs reflect this friction between life in a suburban mid-West town and a notion of ‘escape’ to the road, the city, the country – wherever. Leaving a small-town love, Ritter sings: “West of her there’s a place I know / Never been but I’d like to go…/ You’ll probably end up thinking that I don’t care / when you get a letter from a new somewhere.”
Indeed, this concept of motion drives much of the record – “Roll On”, “Leaving” and “Drive Away” all deal with themes of travel and departure, and, in the classic nature of this tradition, Ritter’s heroes and heroines wistfully fall short of their destinations, if they were even sure of them to begin with: “It’s a long way to Heaven / it’s closer to Harrisburg / And that’s still a long way from the place where we are.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tip top banana 14 Feb 2004
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I am a big fan of Counting Crows and am going to see them in a couple weeks, on hearing that Josh Ritter was supporting them, i bought the album. Initially i was dissapointed as there is a definite country feel to the songs, very similar to that of the "Go-betweens". My opinion was changed however when i reached "Other side", a gorgeous and evocative song that really touches the listener. It is very similar to Joseph Arthur's "In the sun" (the beautiful song played on the Davidoff advert). The album has been crafted, every instrument carefully chosen to produce a distinct sound that belongs to Josh Ritter. There a number of singer-songwriters making a name for themselves at the moment (Damien Rice, John Mayer, Pete Yorn and Ryan Adams) and being perhaps the least well known member of the group, elements of his music can be found in all of the above.
Despite this review, i feel compelled to give the album only 4 stars, this is because his newer album "Hello Starling" is just that bit better. However a wholeheartedly recommend this emotionally drenched finely honed creation to anyone who has a love of an acoustic guitar and a good voice.
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