By Michael Endelman
April 07, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT

The Animal Years

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Idaho-born singer-songwriter Josh Ritter is a huge star in Ireland, but in the United States he’s just another semipopular sensitive dude with a guitar. Hopefully that will change with The Animal Years, Ritter’s third album, as he finally has the sumptuous, sweeping arrangements to go along with his ruminative road stories and stream-of-consciousness, Dylanesque folk. He’s put some Springsteen-style tricks to good use on cuts like ”Thin Blue Flame,” adding tension and drama to make his personal tone poems resonate like big-screen epics.

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