Josh Ritter is none more classic than playing apple pie and eating baseball. Between our ears, amber waves of grain undulate through long past memories of warm summer nights, rolled down windows, first loves sitting passenger, and Bruce Springsteen falling out the dashboard. Folk has been born, died, relived, accepted, rejoiced, forgotten, returned. From Woodie fighting the fascists armed solely with a G and C chord, to last summer’s freak folk explosion, Josh Ritter returns quietly to a time when Bob Dylan was still doing covers. Even when Historical Conquests explores either a nuclear annihilation or Joan of Arc, he does so simply and effortlessly. For those who are already fans, this is his most wide swinging album to date – barn burners, motor-mouthing, and simple sweet ballads all are patriots here.