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The fifth M. Ward album and his most absorbing yet. It's songs unravel their world-wearied tales of life, love, and human with an innate and special grace, helped in part by the very talented friends who join him on this record, such as Neko Case and Mike Mogis, as well as old "Monsters of Folk" touring buddy Jim James (My Morning Jacket). Look for him on tour this fall.
An enviable multitasker, M. Ward deftly charts the varied dusty soundscapes of Americana. Since 2005, he's toured with the White Stripes, coproduced the debut from Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis, compiled a John Fahey tribute, and relocated from Oregon to New Hampshire--and that's just to start. Somehow, he found time to knock out Post-War, his first full-band effort. Since 1999's haunting solo debut, Duet for Guitars #2, every Ward effort has been a departure from the one before. While 2004's Transistor Radio was inspired by the radio days of yore, it's clear in Post-War that Ward has modern times on his mind. Opening with an upbeat trio of songs, Ward launches across diverse musical territory before concluding with the slow blues of "Afterword/Rag." A driving rendition of Daniel Johnston's "To Go Home," featuring Neko Case, is an album highlight. Adding to Wards cast of indie-rock luminaries, Jim James (My Morning Jacket)--who appeared on Transistor Radio--joins in on a couple of originals, the rollicking "Chinese Translation" and gospel hoedown "Magic Trick," which begins and ends with a burst of canned applause. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
My taste has changed so over the years, I want music that isn't jarring, smutty crap. I want thought provoking lyrics, good guitar playing and original style. This guy is all that and more. Some songs and as peaceful as a lullaby, others get you moving, all of it fun to sing along to. Good stuff!
Warning- if you haven't heard much of his work, be prepared to be a bit stunned. Give him 2 or 3 good listens and then decide. The first album of his that I bought (Wasteland Companion ) Left me unconvinced that I liked it. But, listened again and felt it was pure genius! I must have 6 of his as well as "Monsters of Folk" as well as a few "She and Him". Its his solo titles I love the best though all are great. Try him out and I so hope you like him.
This is a record from a talent who puts in the hard work of writing and polishing good songs. You'll admire it, you'll enjoy it, you'll annoy all your friends with endless emails until they buy it. Don't make me do that to you. Spend the 13 bucks and thank me later.
FYI. I saw M Ward live. He puts on a good, loose show. If he comes to your neighborhood you should drop in.