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  • Summary: The fifth album for the singer-songwriter was produced by Sam Kassirer.
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
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  1. The album is something of a rollercoaster of musical styles, songwriting approaches and emotions. But most importantly, transcending it all, is Ritter's astounding power to make us hang on every word.
  2. It is a monumental album in everything from the scope of its subject matter to its grand instrumentation and production.
  3. Another New World constitutes the elegiac and unsettling thesis of Josh Ritter's potent new album.
  4. It's a work of craft from a continually rewarding, continually American, singer-songwriter.
  5. 80
    So Runs The World Away is vivid, artful, expressive and more besides. [Sep 2010, p.100]
  6. By shirking an introspective approach, he has succeeded brilliantly in wending a line between intricacy and intimacy. The output is a genuinely majestic creation, brimming with a richness of substance to both enthral and devastate.
  7. The creaky structures he inhabits and the source material he chooses to pilfer are smart choices, good things that are highly redolent on their own. But the atmosphere of rough, old conceits scrubbed clean, with just enough dirt left to seem genuine, is ultimately a disquieting one

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  1. Sep 30, 2010
    10
    Another New World
    It is always exciting and unforgettable experience to explore a new world. Josh Ritter, an American singer-songwriter and
    guitarist, who was named one of the "100 Greatest Living Songwriters" by paste magazine in 2006, released his sixth new album â Expand
  2. Aug 6, 2011
    8
    Josh Ritter is one of the greatest songwriters of this generation. Probably his most solid album since Animal Years (that doesn't mean Historical Conquests was anything less than great). Songs like "Lantern", "Rattling Locks", and "Another New World" remind us why we need to take him seriously. Expand
  3. Feb 2, 2012
    8
    The first half of this record sounds as good if not better than anything he's ever done. Unfortunately I think the latter half dies a bit. It's still good but I do think he's front-loaded the album. Change of Time and The Curse are the obvious stand outs and would get on any album put out by any artist out there. It's more back to his "Golden Age" and "Animal Years" folky style than his more pop/folk effort "Historical Conquests". Definitely a slower paced and in my view less forced album than his last record. If you've not listened to anything by this guy yet your missing out. Expand