Style: Pop/rock and American folk; compare to Ron Sexsmith, Dylan, Springsteen
Top tracks: "The Curse," "Change of Time," "Another New World"
Josh Ritter's latest record sprang forth from a song called "The Curse," which tells the tale of a 19th century anthropologist who falls in love with the mummy she unearths. The two characters quickly find themselves in the midst of a timeless, cosmic collision between love and death; Ritter, the not-so-objective narrator, seems troubled by the outcome. Death haunts the whole album, making his grip on love tentative, and inspiring a Job-like shouting match with the Almighty that's not exactly pious, but is nevertheless soul-stirring in its honesty.
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