The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter Review.

So yesterday I posted a Halo: Reach review that I had to do for my English class at school. The day after that, I had to do another review so I chose the album “The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter” by Josh Ritter, hope you enjoy it 🙂


The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter is the fifth studio album recorded by Josh Ritter, an American singer-songwriter. It was released on the 7th of September, 2007. The album’s songs range from what could be considered folk to alt-rock, this album – and Ritter himself – can never be pegged down to one genre.

At first glance, this album is very striking with a Roman officer’s helmet on a dark cream background (above), “The Historical Conquests of” in White and finally, “Josh Ritter” in black. The album has 14 tracks in total but early copies were made with 4 extra tracks included. Three singles were released from this album as digital downloads. These were “Mind’s Eye”, “Right Moves” and “Empty Hearts”.

When first listening to this album, you shouldn’t expect any certain motif or theme that goes throughout the album because there really aren’t any. There is one thing that runs throughout the whole album, though, and that’s quality. Each song is great, some more than just that. No two songs sound very similar, follow the same patterns and a lot are even different genres but the variety is the perfect thing about this album. And that’s what it really is; Perfect.

If you like music and know a thing or two about it then you’ll be able to see that Ritter is a fantastic songwriter. He has stated before – and it really shows that he spends time and effort on his lyrics. These would be most apparent on the tracks “To the Dogs or Whoever” and “The Temptation of Adam” among others.

This album would be suited for any person of any age that has a vast musical taste and that respects good writing. It’s definitely up there with my favourite albums of all time and is worth a listen by anyone at all into music.

The Conclusion

10/10

“Perfection for anyone of any musical taste.”

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