The Animal Years [Bonus Acoustic CD]

The Animal Years [Bonus Acoustic CD]

by Josh Ritter

CD(Bonus Acoustic CD)

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Idaho-bred singer/songwriter Josh Ritter's V2 Records debut follows in the footsteps of 2003's Hello Starling only in instrumentation. While he retains his literate tongue and expressive voice, there is far less humor on Animal Years than on his previous two outings. Producer Brian Deck (Iron & Wine, Modest Mouse) keeps Animal Years intimate but transient, like a circus train crawling through a small town on a busy Saturday afternoon. Essentially built around two startlingly affecting diatribes on the war in Iraq, Ritter utilizes the voices of Peter and Paul, as well as Laurel & Hardy, to eke out some kind of explanation from both the Administration and the Creator. The first, the deceptively sweet-sounding "Girl in the War," threatens "The angels fly around in there, but we can't see them/I got a girl in the war, Paul I know that they can hear me yell/If they can't find a way to help her they can go to Hell." The second, "Thin Blue Flame," is a nearly ten-minute rant that follows the Velvet Underground "Heroin" arc of tinder to spark to a full-on blaze in a way that hasn't worked for anyone in a long time, but most certainly does here. The other cuts never reach the same heights, but standouts such as "Wolves," with its sunrise gallop and "Whole of the Moon"-era Waterboys piano, and the languid "Monster Ballads" soar only inches beneath them. [A deluxe edition of Animal Years was reissued in 2011 and included a bonus disc featuring Ritter performing the entire album acoustic. It also includes four live B-sides, two videos, and new liner notes from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Tom Ricks.]

Product Details

Release Date: 02/01/2011
Label: Barnes Noble Consign
UPC: 0738435010379
catalogNumber: 50103

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Josh Ritter   Primary Artist,Vocals
Brian Deck   Percussion
Sam Kassirer   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano
Zack Hickman   Bass,Mandolin,Ukulele,Lap Steel Guitar
Dave Hingerty   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Brian Deck   Producer,Engineer
Jason Holley   Paintings
Isaac Brock   Composer
Eric Judy   Composer
Josh Ritter   Composer
Tim Craven   Engineer
Darius Zelkha   Management
Tom Peloso   Composer
Matthew Fleming   Layout
Dano Gallucci   Composer
Tom Ricks   Liner Notes

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The Animal Years 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent album. Josh Ritter uses language and music in a way that will absolutely speak to your soul and rattle every deep corner in it but with a comforting, home-like feeling. You'll treasure this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago