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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
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  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. The Historical Conquests is astonishing for its depth of exploration in the folk genre.
  3. You're presently reading about what may be the best album of 2007, hands down, by the most under-accorded American musical genius.
  4. 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.
  5. Q Magazine
    His fifth album is a triumph where his previous efforts have promised but fallen just short. [Oct 2007, p.105]
  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. Under The Radar
    Josh Ritter returns with a sloppier, less streamlined record. [Summer 2007, p.91]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 23
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  1. Brendan
    Sep 17, 2007
    Josh Ritter is the Man!
  2. Apr 25, 2012
    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. Expand
  3. DB.
    Sep 17, 2007
    album of the year
  4. GregB.
    Sep 19, 2007
    Gets better with every listen. My vote for album of the year thus far.
  5. JeffA.
    Sep 30, 2007
    I like a lot of albums. Some I like a lot. But I really love this one.
  6. ErikH.
    Sep 19, 2007
    Easily among the best albums of the year!
  7. time
    Sep 17, 2007
    I thought he died a few years ago? I loved him in Threes Company

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