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The Animal Years [CD]

Josh Ritter Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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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 (20 Mar 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: V2
  • ASIN: B000ECXX44
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,692 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By Cricket
Format:Audio CD
The Animal Years is a superb album, consistent throughout at the very highest level, moving from one future classic to another, revealing Ritter's gift for superb lyrics, music that respects the best American traditions but is entirely original and a subtle, restrained musicianship from the entire ensemble that few can rival on the current scene. As fine as his earlier work is, this album is his best. Essential!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Josh gets serious 1 April 2006
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You can't blame Josh Ritter for getting to this point in his career and feeling some kind of need to make a statement, get a bit more serious as an artist, join the ranks. To me it feels very much like 'The Animal Years' (a reference to his early days as a musician, apparently) is Josh saying, okay, here I am, I'm as good as anyone else and I claim my place. The animal years are over.
Many fans will have watched Josh's music progress from his charming, and at times humorous first album, through 'Golden Age of Radio' and the breakthrough 'Hello Starling'. Part of the charm at the start was that he didn't appear to be taking himself to seriously. Now he is.
But that's okay if you can pull it off without sounding pompous or silly, and of course he does pull it off. I'm not sure I particularly enjoy all nine minutes odd of 'Thin Blue Flame', but I've sat with the lyrics and it's brilliantly written. Along with the more tuneful 'In the Dark' 'Thin Blue Flame' is the unavoidable comment on today's bad, bad world, but one is direct and uncompromising, the other light and melodic, beautiful even.
Ritter's writing is changing: the themes here are identifiable but not so easy to access as before. You have to stop and figure out what these songs are really about, you have to interpret the meaning.
Other things are changing too. Josh sounded, or tried to sound gruff like Dylan on his first record. Now he's almost borrowing Ryan Adams' 'other voice' and often sings high, sweet and open, like on the plaintive 'Idaho' or 'One More Mouth'. This guy can sing.
'Thin Blue Flame' manages not to unbalance the album luckily. In fact, there's a nice balance between 'Hello starling' type songs that have a driving rhythm, lighter songs like 'Good Man' and sparse, quiet songs like 'Idaho'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Monster Ballads 15 Mar 2006
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I came across Josh at an open mic in Boston MA, after the release of his first album and have loved his live performances and recordings since. The Animal Years is a great title for this album as Josh has described the intensive touring as living like an animal. I saw him in December 2004 in New York and worried that he was totally burnt out and started to wonder how he would use his rest period to recharge and build on his great strengths to move to the next level without sacrificing what we all love about him.
I should not have worried. The songs here are wonderful and are beautifully produced and arranged. Of course I look forward to seeing what he does with them live where Josh's charm and humility and superb musicianship bring a whole new dimension to his music.
I had heard some of them performed by Josh in his Brooklyn show last July and it is great to hear them produced more fully. I have little to say about the great Thin Blue Flame as I have been listening to the download for months now. What I love about this album is how Josh has incorporated that more experimental sound and style with songs that develop organically from his earlier styles but take them to a new level. The wit and poetry of his songwriting is as strong as ever and it is great how Sam's keyboard playing is given a chance to shine through.
My favorite tracks as of now are Monster Ballads and Good Man, but the depth and beauty of Josh's writing is such that these preferences will no doubt shift around as the whole album weaves its way into my life as his others have done.
I got this shipped to me in the States from Ireland on its first day of release. How pleased I am! Thank you Josh for another wonderful album. And incidentally, the packaging and artwork is superb.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Third time's a charm 22 Nov 2007
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Animal Years is the 3rd and so far best effort from Idaho Singer-Songwriter Josh Ritter. First album 'Golden Age of Radio' had the earthy downhome sounds of a musician finding his creative feet, second album 'Hello Starling' was a polished collection of songs including the stunning 'Wings', but 'Animal Years' takes another fascinating batch of songs with a common feel or concept and puts them all together to great effect.

As the title hints, our animal friends do get a couple of mentions (like on the stonking 'Wolves'), but the real feel of the album is a guy at a certain point of his life looking back on what he's done so far and admiting that he still might have to make a few mistakes before he gets where he's going.

It is almost as if this record is from a slightly different time lyrically and subject matter wise (there are various references to Laurel and Hardy and Silent movies as well as Egypt!)- but has a modern sound, very nicely produced by Brian Deck.

Josh is a storyteller of great talents. He has equally Dylan-esque vague moments as he does Springsteen-like starkness. He's finally settled into his voice on this record, far more than the debut, and uses its lighter tones to great effect.

He's one of the hardest working men in the business (take a look at his tour schedule!), and clearly just loves to perform (check out the live CD/DVD 'Live in the Dark at Vicar Street'). As much as I'd love to try to keep him secret, he deserves your adulation. Buy this album, find yourself a good stretch of country road to drive, and he won't disappoint.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
This is a fab cd! Normally takes me a little while to 'get into' an artist or new cd but this was a perfect fit straight away! Currently track seven is my favourite! Read more
Published 14 months ago by F Harding
5.0 out of 5 stars Josh out west and stepping up his game
This album is where Josh Ritter starts to come of age.

A beautifully crafted album that benefits from better production value and more mature song writing. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Conan the Stamp Collector
5.0 out of 5 stars MONSTER BALLADS!
This is his best album by miles.I have bought all his others and now sold them on.None of them match up to this.
Published 21 months ago by monkienuts
3.0 out of 5 stars Emperor's new clothes?
This is a plea to this tailor of words - who's invisible thread can only be heard - by those who have mastered the cryptic crossword - and playwrights and poets and priests. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Andrew
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute masterpiece
This album for me is without fault. What a masterpiece. Each song reinvents itself with every listen, and has a sense of purpose I just cannot fathom. Read more
Published on 1 Dec 2009 by Ogul Karaibrahimgil
4.0 out of 5 stars A War Poet
Ritter's fourth album, "The Animal Years", opens with "Girl in the War", a song that combines a dialogue between the apostles Peter and Paul with concerns for the soldiers fighting... Read more
Published on 6 July 2007 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Carrying on the mantle
Josh is carrying on the mantle of Dylan, Joan Baez and to some degree Leonard Cohen, He's a man with something to say through music and does it with soulful gentleness. Read more
Published on 1 May 2006 by Derek Rogerson
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly great artist
It's been said in the other reviews, and they've done a grand job expaining how this album is the most serious that Josh has released. Read more
Published on 21 April 2006 by The Truth
5.0 out of 5 stars rich and powerful
Why haven't we heard more of this wonderful talent here in the UK? Inteligent lyrics and great story telling with wonderfully structered music. Read more
Published on 29 Mar 2006
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