The Animal Years [Bonus Acoustic CD]

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
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.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2011
  • Label: Barnes Noble Consign
  • UPC: 738435010379
  • Catalog Number: 50103

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Girl in the War (4:23)
  2. 2 Wolves (4:04)
  3. 3 Monster Ballads (4:05)
  4. 4 Lillian Egypt (3:24)
  5. 5 Idaho (3:51)
  6. 6 In the Dark (4:41)
  7. 7 One More Mouth (3:29)
  8. 8 Good Man (4:08)
  9. 9 Best for the Best (3:58)
  10. 10 Thin Blue Flame (9:38)
  11. 11 Here at the Right Time (3:40)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Girl in the War (4:18)
  2. 2 Wolves (3:38)
  3. 3 Monster Ballads (3:45)
  4. 4 Lillian Egypt (3:34)
  5. 5 Idaho (4:34)
  6. 6 In the Dark (4:23)
  7. 7 One More Mouth (3:18)
  8. 8 Good Man (3:39)
  9. 9 Best for the Best (4:02)
  10. 10 Thin Blue Flame (8:05)
  11. 11 Here at the Right Time (3:22)
  12. 12 Blame It on the Tetons (4:04)
  13. 13 Harbortown (3:15)
  14. 14 Peter Killed the Dragon (2:34)
  15. 15 Monster Ballads (4:44)
  16. 16 Lillian, Egypt
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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
Greg Calbi Mastering
Brian Deck Producer, Engineer
Jason Holley Paintings
Jeff Lipton Mastering
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
Maria Rice Mastering
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  • Posted February 7, 2011

    Beautifully written lyrics

    The bonus disc is a huge plus. Ritter's profound lyrics are ever so more haunting when the songs are performed acoustic.

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    Posted October 6, 2011

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    Posted July 23, 2011

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