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  • Summary: It's the fifth album for the Idaho-born singer-songwriter.
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter finds namesake and frontman Ritter boldly claiming musical territory with a reinvented sound, turning from the meticulous arrangements and somber ruminations of his previous album to a more daring, moxie-charged approach that yields some of the freshest, most captivating songs of his career.
  2. You're presently reading about what may be the best album of 2007, hands down, by the most under-accorded American musical genius.
  3. The resulting album is as lean, rambunctious and snarling as its predecessor was stately.
  4. The production creates a Joe Henry feel of gently deconstructionist pop--warm and relaxed even as the instruments occasionally struggle against their leashes--giving the album's best material an extra spin.
  5. What makes The Historical Conquests Of... a great album and not just Ritter’s foray into stylistic versatility is the integrity of his musicianship. The album is thorough; it is complete.
  6. Ultimately, it ends up being a fine album. Nothing too spectacular or breakthrough but filled with enough great tunes to keep you coming back.
  7. Josh Ritter returns with a sloppier, less streamlined record. [Summer 2007, p.91]

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  1. Positive: 23 out of 23
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 23
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  1. Brendan
    Sep 17, 2007
    10
    Josh Ritter is the Man!
  2. Apr 25, 2012
    10
    Strongest Josh Ritter album, I love every song on it. It is one of the few albums I can listen to the entire album at one and repeatedly. HisStrongest Josh Ritter album, I love every song on it. It is one of the few albums I can listen to the entire album at one and repeatedly. His use of variations on a single chord structure makes for a great musical coloration. Rapid fire lyrics on the first track are very impressive. One of the best lyricists today. Collapse
  3. DB.
    Sep 17, 2007
    10
    album of the year
  4. GregB.
    Sep 19, 2007
    10
    Gets better with every listen. My vote for album of the year thus far.
  5. JeffA.
    Sep 30, 2007
    10
    I like a lot of albums. Some I like a lot. But I really love this one.
  6. ErikH.
    Sep 19, 2007
    9
    Easily among the best albums of the year!
  7. time
    Sep 17, 2007
    7
    I thought he died a few years ago? I loved him in Threes Company

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