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Ritter record return

Less than 18 months after the release of Josh Ritter’s well-received Animal Years album comes news of a new record from the Moscow, Idaho native. The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter will be released in Ireland on September 7th. Recorded …

Fri, Jun 15, 2007, 09:53

   

Less than 18 months after the release of Josh Ritter’s well-received Animal Years album comes news of a new record from the Moscow, Idaho native.

The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter will be released in Ireland on September 7th.

Recorded last winter in Maine and produced by Ritter’s keyboard player Sam Kassirer, Historical Conquests is, at first listen, far more immediate, diverse and adventurous than Animal Years.

Ritter’s admiration for Bruce Springsteen comes to the fore on several occasions, but there’s also a melodic sensibility and confidence here which is far ahead of any of his previous releases.

Radio stations are likely to be playing tracks such as Mind’s Eye, Empty Hearts, Rumors and Real Long Distance quite a lot from September.

The album will be on the Independent Records label here, on Sony/Victor in the US and V2 will take care of the rest of the world.