ALBUM OF THE WEEK: Josh Ritter – Gathering

ALBUM OF THE WEEK: Josh Ritter – Gathering

Josh Ritter has been a prolific singer-songwriter for 20 years, and he hasn’t begun to run low on ideas. Gathering is his ninth official album, and the first eight don’t exactly want for ambition, whether he’s untangling the aftermath of a divorce in The Beast In Its Tracks or unspooling nearly 10 minutes of profound and cinematic imagery in 2006’s masterful “Thin Blue Flame.” So it’s to Ritter’s immense credit that Gathering again brings a striking abundance of songs — vivid, messy, occasionally weighty things that add up to a grand outpouring.