This album made the list immediately. I had heard a few Josh Ritter songs over the years but nothing stuck. Then I downloaded "Girl in the War" and thought it might be one of the more beautiful songs ever. Great song in the anti-war folk tradition--but anti-war without cursing at people.
Are just the rules of the game and the rules are the first to go""Thin Blue Flame" is an amazing song as well, though it took a few listens. And not on this album, but if you get a chance to hear his live version of "Golden Age of Radio" (available on Emusic) check it out. Great song.
But now talkin' to God is Laurel beggin' Hardy for a gun
I gotta girl in the war, man I wonder what it is we done
Thanks to Youtube, you can watch the video for "Girl in the War" right here at the blog.
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2006 top Albums--part one--Calexico