Wednesday, March 29, 2006

First Impressions

Currently listening: Josh Ritter’s The Animal Years.

Street date: April 11.
i-know-the-boss date: March 28.
Awesome-media-job factor: 14 days.

First-listen standout tracks:
“Girl in the War”
“Monster Ballads”
“Good Man”
“Here at the Right Time”

Free downloads:
"Girl in the War" and "Thin Blue Flame." Do it.

Already in WXPN heavy rotation:

Most unexpected fun:
“Lillian, Egypt” (for the chorus, which goes: “La di di da da, da da da da da.”)

Best maybe-biblical reference:
“Girl in the War” (for the lines: “Talkin’ to God is Laurel begging Hardy for a gun” and “Paul said to Peter, ‘You gotta rock yourself a little harder.’”)

Outta left field:
“Thin Blue Flame,” a rambling, raging 10-minute epic, famous among Ritter fans for making him “go electric.”

Will lull you to sleep, but in a good way:
“Best for the Best”
“One More Mouth”

Most interesting to see what he does live:
“Lillian, Egypt.” This one used to really cook in concert, and for some unexplained reason he kinda slowed it down on the album. Sounds good anyway, but still, a bit of a head-scratcher.

Buy it?
Yes, definitely. April 11, you’re all over it. I know the boss, and he won’t let you down.


At 8:49 AM, Blogger Mugshot said...

For Philly people, JR'll be at World Cafe Live on April 27. Another JR, Josh Rouse, will be there next Thursday night. Get on the scene and get tickets.

At 2:07 PM, Blogger FriedOreo said...

Good stuff! There's something haunting about "Girl in the War." I dug up his "Hello Starling" album after someone on the blog mentioned his song "Snow is Gone," in a post. I first heard about Ritter from blog member Andontay--who continues to lurk on the blog but has much musical knowledge to contribute--who is also a fan.


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