NPR Music Reviews New Album From Idaho's Josh Ritter

Oct 13, 2015

Singer songwriter Josh Ritter's eighth full-length album is streaming on NPR Music.

The Moscow, Idaho native recorded Sermon On The Rocks in New Orleans, and the songs have a southern honky-tonk vibe.

NPR Music gave the record a thumbs-up, saying the new record features some of Ritter's "nimblest wordplay."

For his eighth full-length album, Sermon On The Rocks, Ritter takes a turn in the opposite direction — outward, toward other perspectives entirely. As its title suggests, the album is Ritter's foray into what the singer himself calls "messianic oracular honky-tonk," often dispensed via a kind of traveling-preacher/snake-oil-salesman persona. Which means, in turn, that Sermon On The Rocks is lighter than usual on the sincere rumination that has marked many of its predecessors. "Birds Of The Meadow," which opens the record, isn't Ritter's first examination of the apocalypse, but it's surely his fiercest. -NPR Music

Ritter played an in-store performance at the Record Exchange Sunday. But don't worry, if you missed that performance you can still catch the stream on NPR Music.

Sermon On The Rocks goes on sale this Friday.

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