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  • Summary: The 10th full-length studio release for the singer-songwriter was produced by Jason Isbell and features contributions from Amanda Shires and members of Isbell's the 400 Unit.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Q Magazine
    May 15, 2019
    80
    Fever Breaks is sharp and lean. [Jul 2019, p.114]
  2. Uncut
    Apr 30, 2019
    80
    The results are exemplary. [Jun 2019, p.26]
  3. 80
    Ritter hasn’t just surrounded himself with some of the best musicians in the game for his milestone tenth album, but he’s found a way to reinvent himself while not forgetting where he’s come from. After twenty years, this pillar of Americana folk is as relevant as ever, and sounding better than ever too.
  4. Apr 30, 2019
    70
    Fever Breaks is a moving exercise in reshuffling and restating what a long-time talent does best in a just-new-enough guise.
  5. Apr 30, 2019
    70
    Throughout, the 400 Unit, specifically Amanda Shires, who provides soaring harmonies and some truly emotive violin work, adds considerable sonic heft to the proceedings, and help to imbue Ritter's workmanlike folk-rock narratives with the kind of studio finesse that sometimes eludes him when left to his own devices.
  6. Apr 30, 2019
    70
    This album as a whole doesn't quite match the consistent glories of such earlier albums as Hello Starling and The Animal Years, but he remains an artist eminently worthy of attention.
  7. Mojo
    May 1, 2019
    60
    A career-builder, if not a game-changer. [Jun 2019, p.89]
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  1. Jun 25, 2019
    1
    I've been with Josh since "The Golden Age of Radio", and this album is such a massive disappointment. I thought an album with the poetry ofI've been with Josh since "The Golden Age of Radio", and this album is such a massive disappointment. I thought an album with the poetry of Ritter and the backing of Jason Isbell would just be non-stop magic...but the songwriting is just so flat, uninspired, and completely devoid of anything interesting to say. The music itself is...just okay.

    I just...am so sad that Josh Ritter has lost his spark for storytelling, but "The Gathering" was pretty bad too, so maybe the writing was on the wall.
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