So Runs the World Away

So Runs the World Away

by Josh Ritter


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So Runs the World Away, the fifth studio album from bookish, Idaho-born troubadour Josh Ritter, unfolds like a Flannery O'Connor, Jim Jarmusch, and Mark Twain road trip. Equally steeped in Southern and Midwest Gothic Americana, the son of a pair of neuroscientists has crafted his most unique collection of songs to date, borrowing characters from mythology, literature, and world history and letting them run wild in the increasingly adventurous, neo-traditional folk style that his become his forte over the last decade. The elegiac, slow-burn opener "Change of Time" sets the stage, lamenting "battered hulls and broken hardships/leviathan and lonely" before visiting a 1000-year-old Egyptian pharaoh on the deck of a steamship on his way to New York in "Curses." The voyage continues by train on "Southern Pacifica," descends into bluesy, Tom Waits-ian solipsism on "Rattling Locks," and culminates in So Runs the World Away's brilliant mid-album centerpiece, "Folk Bloodbath," which pits some of the murder ballad's biggest names (Louis Collins, Delia, and Stagger Lee) against each other with predictable results. Standout cuts in the second half include the verdant, bouncy "Lark," the stoic, John Jacob Niles-inspired "See How Man Was Made," and the spirited, quasi-spiritual/science rocker "Orbital," resulting in a typically fine batch of new folk standards and a high-water mark for an artist already used to paddling around on oceans too deep and vast for modern cartography.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/04/2010
Label: Pytheas Recordings
UPC: 0634457524620
catalogNumber: 1
Rank: 78888

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Josh Ritter   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Violin,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Guitar (Nylon String)
Dawn Landes   Vocals
Liam Hurley   Percussion,Drums
Sam Kassirer   Organ,Synthesizer,Percussion,Piano,Sampling,Mellotron,Vibes,farfisa organ,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Zack Hickman   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Electric Bass,Bass Clarinet,Euphonium,Electric Guitar,Vibes,Omnichord,Upright Bass,Hi String
Jesse Neuman   Trumpet,electronics
Rob Jost   French Horn
Allie Moss   Vocals
Austin Nevins   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Percussion,Glockenspiel,Electric Guitar,E-bow,Lap Steel Guitar,Guitar (Baritone),Baritone Ukulele
Tony Barba   Flute,Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Mississippi John Hurt   Composer
Josh Ritter   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Jim Smith   Engineer
Sam Kassirer   Producer,Engineer
Brandon Eggleston   Engineer
Matthew Fleming   Artwork
Austin Nevins   Engineer
Dan Cardinal   Engineer

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So Runs the World Away 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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agardengirl More than 1 year ago
Musical poetry at it's ultimate. I first heard Josh Ritter on NPR singing Change of Time" and "The Curse" and knew immediately this cd would be my next purchase. The word "genius" is used too freely, but in my opinion it is deserved for Josh Ritter.
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