So Runs the World Away

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So Runs the World Away
So Runs The World Away (Josh Ritter) cover.jpg
Studio album by Josh Ritter
Released April 17, 2010 (2010-04-17) (Record Store Day)
May 4, 2010 (2010-05-04) (worldwide)
Recorded The Great North Sound Society, Maine
Saltlands Studios, Brooklyn, NY
Genre Folk rock
Length 53:39
Label Pytheas Recordings
Producer Sam Kassirer
Josh Ritter chronology
The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter
(2007)The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter2007
So Runs the World Away
The Beast in Its Tracks
(2013)The Beast in Its Tracks2013

So Runs the World Away is the sixth full-length studio album by American singer-songwriter Josh Ritter. It was released on vinyl record on April 17, 2010 as a part of Record Store Day in the United States. The vinyl record came packaged with a CD version of the album as well.[1] The official album release was April 23, 2010 in Ireland, and May 4, 2010 worldwide.[2] Ritter said of the album that it "marks the beginning of a new period in [his] life," and that overall, "the songs are larger and more detailed, and feel to me as if they were painted in oil on large canvasses."[3] Ritter got the title from a line in the third act of Shakespeare's Hamlet.[4][5]

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[6]
The Music Cycle 4.5/5 stars[7]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[8]
Slant Magazine 2.5/5 stars[9]
Spectrum Culture 3.0/5 stars[10]
Spin Magazine 4.0/5 stars[11]
Sputnikmusic 3.5/5 stars[12]
TheMusicCourt 5/5 stars[13]

The record's release was met with high anticipation and covered by multiple news and media publications. Stephen King reported looking forward to the album.[14] Irish music magazine Hot Press featured "Josh Ritter week" with free track downloads from the album, front cover picture, and interviews.[15] Upon its release the album was met with very strong reviews.[16] The Irish Independent called it "Ritter's most intriguing and rewarding album to date, it's easily his most diverse."[17] Bob Boilen of NPR's All Songs Considered said of the album, "I've come to expect good records from him...but this one took my breath away."[18]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Josh Ritter, except "Folk Bloodbath" written by Ritter based on a traditional song by Mississippi John Hurt.

  1. "Curtains" — 0:57
  2. "Change of Time" — 4:04
  3. "The Curse" — 5:03
  4. "Southern Pacifica" — 4:24
  5. "Rattling Locks" — 4:25
  6. "Folk Bloodbath" — 5:16
  7. "Lark" — 3:04
  8. "Lantern" — 5:15
  9. "The Remnant" — 3:56
  10. "See How Man Was Made" — 3:26
  11. "Another New World" — 7:34
  12. "Orbital" — 3:29
  13. "Long Shadows" — 2:20


"Change of Time" was released as a single in digital download format only from Josh Ritter's website on February 8, 2010.[19]


Chart (2010) Peak
Irish Independent Albums Chart[20] 1
US Billboard 200 Albums Chart[21] 41
US Billboard Folk Albums Chart[22] 1


Additional musicians


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