Josh Ritter's new release, The Animal Years, is the kind of folk album that should connect with a much larger audience, while also giving his faithful following something to celebrate.
Following recent independent releases and non-stop touring, Ritter has amassed a strong live following and solid critical reputation. His new album likely represents a transition from cult success to widespread appreciation.
For Animal Years, Ritter chose to filter his songs through a different lens by working with producer Brian Deck. Deck comes from a more adventurous indie background, having been a member of Red Red Meat, as well as earned production credits on albums by Modest Mouse and Iron & Wine. The Animal Years resonates with a timeless and unique quality that disregards all trappings of typical "singer-songwriter" fare.