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Album Review

This Idaho-born singer/songwriter made a modest splash when his debut album was released in 2000, and after three years of watching his profile gradually rise on the national and international scene (he has an enthusiastic cult following in Ireland, including a cover band devoted to his songs, and Joan Baez has covered "Wings"), the Signature Sounds label reissued Golden Age of Radio, Ritter's sophomore effort, with a bonus disc that includes drastic remixes of two album tracks, one previously unreleased song, and two videos. Ritter's voice is charmingly unremarkable — not ironic or casual or self-effacing, just pleasantly plain with an occasional hint of Dylan-style Okie affectation. You'll also hear hints of Freedy Johnston and fainter hints of Tom Waits in songs like "Roll On" and "Drive Away." Producer Darius Zelkha wisely avoided gussying these songs up, keeping Ritter's acoustic guitar and unadorned voice central to most of the arrangements and embroidering them tastefully with the occasional drum kit or electric guitar. [Not surprisingly, the remixes on the bonus CD take a very different tack, turning "Come and Find Me" into something much richer and more atmospheric and "Other Side" into a kind of twisted Americana trip-hop. "Chelsea Hotel #2" is a delicately lovely voice-and-guitar number.) If you own the original release, this reissue may not have enough new material to justify a new purchase, but it's definitely worth picking up as an introduction to this impressive young artist.]

Customer Reviews

A great album with some nice extras

"Golden Age of Radio (Deluxe Edition)" is a great album with some of Josh Ritter's very best songs, including "Me & Jiggs," "Harrisburg," and "Golden Age of Radio." Overall, the album leans more towards simple acoustic arrangements than his later albums. This makes the "Bonus Acoustic Album" aspect of this Deluxe Edition seem a bit silly. The bonus songs labelled "acoustic" are just Josh and his guitar. "Come And Find Me (acoustic)" is very nice, but not all that different from the original, so if you already own the album, just listen to the original version of "Come And Find Me" and you will get rough idea of what all the other "acoustic" versions sound like. That may help you decide if you want to throw for the whole thing or just get the few that really appeal to you. If you don't already own this album and love Josh Ritter's work, by all means skip the standard version of this album and spend the extra few dollars for this Deluxe Edition. The Jackdrag Remixes were produced by John Dragonetti and sound like Josh Ritter Meets The Submarines, with "Other Side (Jackdrag Remix)" actually ending up stronger than the original version.

If you are new to Josh Ritter's work, perhaps "The Animal Years" is a better place to start in order to get your feet wet, but once you decide to dive in, this album should be high on your list.

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I think Josh is brilliant:) I love his sound... Rock on

dont care for

I don't really know any of these songs, but I do know that the electric guitarist on this album was my 4 through 6 grade teacher!

Biography

Born: 1976 in Moscow, Idaho

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

An American singer/songwriter with a strong voice, a keen wit, and an evocative way with words, Josh Ritter has built a loyal following as one of the leading lights on the contemporary folk scene. Born in Idaho, Ritter bought his first guitar after hearing the Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash classic "The Girl from the North Country." While attending college in Oberlin, Ohio, Ritter got his first taste of the music of Leonard Cohen and Gillian Welch; he instantly fell in love with their songs and dropped...
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