The first of Josh Ritter's trifecta of great albums, Hello Starling contains some of my favorite modern folk tunes. Here, the acoustic guitar shines, and Ritter's poetic aptitude is on display.
This is Josh at his most sincere. Most of the songs are nice, pleasant, acoustic guitar-based ballads, with a few upbeat folk rock songs mixed in ("Kathleen," "Snow Is Gone," and "Man Burning" being the ones that stick out).
Ritter is one of my favorite artists, and a huge part of that is his lyrics. I don't know what to say about this album other than, this man is a poet.
- Snow Is Gone
- Man Burning