Sermon on the Rocks

Sermon on the Rocks

by Josh Ritter

CD(with Booklet)

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Two years after 2013's The Beast in Its Tracks, the good news is Josh Ritter is feeling better about things. While The Beast in Its Tracks documented Ritter's often unsettled state of mind after the collapse of his marriage, 2015's Sermon on the Rocks is the sound of a man on the rebound, and while the album is hardly sunshine and cold beer throughout, these songs clearly reflect Ritter's tenacity and spirit rather than the damaged emotions that were front and center two years earlier. "Getting Ready to Get Down" finds Ritter offering a small-town girl some advice to forget Bible college and see a bit of the big bad world, and the tale is told with the swagger of a guy who wouldn't mind showing her a few things himself. And while "Where the Night Goes" and "Birds of the Meadow" can both be read as messages to a former love, they also speak with a confidence and wit that make it clear Ritter is on a fresh road and enjoying the ride (and "Lighthouse Fire" is a more passionate declaration of attraction for someone new on his radar). "Cumberland" is a number that shouts with the joy of new experiences, while "Homecoming" revels in the pleasures of the familiar, and if "Henrietta, Indiana" and "Seeing Me 'Round" make it clear Ritter hasn't lost touch with his serious side, they're both written with sincerity and compassion. Ritter's singing is as strong and expressive as his songwriting, and he and co-producer Trina Shoemaker have given the album a lively sound that suits the album's emotional palette. Sermon on the Rocks is an album where Josh Ritter allows himself to have some fun while showing that his skills as a songwriter have emerged unscathed after his divorce, and it suggests that his future is as bright as ever.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/16/2015
Label: Pytheas Recordings
UPC: 0092145170441
catalogNumber: 8
Rank: 95934

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Josh Ritter   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Trina Shoemaker   Percussion
Sam Kassirer   Synthesizer,Percussion,Piano,Electric Piano,Vocals,Clavinet,farfisa organ,Hammond B3
Matthew Barrick   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Zachariah Hickman   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Electric Bass,Vocals,Classical Guitar,Upright Bass
Josh Kaufman   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Bongos,Electric Guitar,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Slide Guitar

Technical Credits

Trina Shoemaker   Producer,Engineer
Josh Ritter   Composer,Producer,Paintings
Matthew Fleming   Layout
Eric Heigel   Engineer
Stephanie Fishwick   Calligraphy

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