Josh Ritter – The Beast In Its Tracks

  • February 26, 2013

Americana singer-songwriter Josh Ritter’s seventh LP, The Beast In Its Tracks, is a 13-track collection recorded between 2011 and 2012 following the ending of Ritter’s marriage and was inspired heartbreak that comes with the break-up of a relationship. Sonically, The Beast In Its Tracks draws from American folk and traditional country, bringing to mind Bob Dylan and Neil Young. “Bonfire” has lively melody and rhythms; “Hopeful” stands-out on the album with a fuller sound that incorporates electric guitars, synths and backing; and “Evil Eye” and “New Lover” showcase Dylan influences. Ritter’s effortless, poetic wordplay articulates stories of love and heartbreak and the album’s closing track “Lights” exemplifies this through a down-tempo, sparse acoustic arrangement that allows Ritter’s vocals and words to take center stage. The Beast In Its Tracks is a bit of a slow burner and may not be for everyone but should appeal to fans of folk and Americana. – Written by JFelton



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