'The Beast in Its Tracks' is Ritter's first studio album in almost three years. The Beast in Its Tracks may well be remembered as Ritter's divorce record, as it was written and recorded in the wake of his 18-month marriage suddenly dissolving.
As Ritter says, 'In the year after my marriage ended, I realized that I had more new songs than I'd ever had at one time. Far from the grand, sweeping feel of the songs on So Runs the World Away, these new songs felt like rocks in the shoe, hard little nuggets of whatever they were, be it spite, remorse, or happiness. I hadn't composed this stuff, I'd scrawled it down, just trying to keep ahead of the heartbreak. They needed to be recorded like that. We needed to work fast, make decisions quickly, keep the songs as spare as they could be kept, and above all never allow ourselves to blunt the sharp edges.'
'There are a lot of sensitive singer-songwriters around but now on his seventh album, Josh Ritter is staking his claim to at the top of the class. 5*****' --The Telegraph
'While Ritter's songs have long excelled in storytelling, with this deeply personal material his work acquires a vital new significance' 4/5 --Evening Herald (Scotland)
'Album Of The Week' --RTE Radio 1