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  • Audio CD (22 Jan. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Signature
  • ASIN: B00005UF3Y
  • 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: 544,504 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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In Golden Age of Radio , this scruffy, well-travelled, literate Rhode Islander recalls the desultory whispers of Nick Drake, the ragged tunefulness of Ryan Adams and the natural wit of a young John Prine. He may come off as a slacker, painting his name on water towers and jamming to Townes Van Zandt on the porch, but his lyrical skills, unpretentiously poetic and refreshingly concise, suggest a purposefulness that's deeper than just folksy charm. Within the sparest musical framework-finger-picked guitar, whirling organ, lo-fi drums, some bass--Ritter evokes a delicately dense romanticism that's more on-edge than earnest. "This world must be frightening," he sings, "everybody's on the run/but I can't leave this world behind". There's quiet wisdom in Ritter's world; fans of post-Dylan singer-songwriters will want to listen close. --Roy Kasten

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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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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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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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Just buy it and listen. It might take a bit of time ("O" and "Grace" took a bit of listening to as well ) but this is one of those albums that just gets better and better. Clever lyrics, tight band, and a great voice. Its got "depth" for want of a better word ...
Get the second one "Hello Starling" while you are at it too .
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This is the very first album of JR that I bought and it was on the back of his live performance with Glen Hansard on RTE, the Irish Republic's TV.

Come and Find me was played with a third gentleman on harmonica and it was heart breakingly good. I urge you to check it out on YouTube. It is the definitive version and yet to be beaten. I have seen it played live umpteen times and should know.

The rest of the album is like little nuggets of what Josh will go onto become, but he is not quite there yet.

A worthy and warm album with some sublime moments, but there is still "miles to go" as Robert Frost would say before Josh hits his pace.
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