Inspired by his increasingly itinerant lifestyle, Ward set forth to create something of a musical travelogue on the highly anticipated sixth solo album, a WASTELAND COMPANION. Ward's honey-soaked vocals, deft finger-picking, innate sense of melody and beguiling lyrics have already cemented his reputation as one of America's true musical treasures and a WASTELAND COMPANION features some of the finest songwriting and most striking delivery of his career. A WASTELAND COMPANION features the talents of Zooey Deschanel, Howe Gelb, Mike Mogis, Steve Shelley, and more!
2012 album from the Indie singer/songwriter and one-half of acclaimed duo She & Him. Ward s honey-soaked vocals, deft finger-picking, innate sense of melody and beguiling lyrics have already cemented his reputation as one of America s true musical treasures and A Wasteland Companion features some of the finest songwriting and most striking delivery of his career. With each and every recording Ward finds new ways to make the colors of his songwriting palate sparkle and his dexterous skills as producer, arranger, guitarist and singer seem to burst into even brighter bloom on each release. A Wasteland Companion features the added talents of Giant Sand's Howe Gelb, John Parish, Bright Eyes' Mike Mogis, She & Him's Zooey Deschanel, Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley and many others.
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|星4つ 19% (19%)||19%|
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This is a must have for any and all Ward fans.
Au cours des 36 minutes et quelques de cet album, les 12 titres nous balladent d'un genre à l'autre mais en restant de bon aloi, cover du cultissime Daniel Johnston incluse (plage 4).
Dans la seconde partie, le ton est moins pop et plus recueilli même si un titre rockab' (plage 8) peut y être rencontré. Par moment, on se croit même chez Mississippi Fred McDowell (cf. l'intro de la plage 7 avant que le titre se barre "ambient chill truc machin") !
Le tout est - j'insiste - extrêmement agréable, mais a un côté "démonstration" qui bloque un peu la passion. Et 'Primitive Girl', qui est un méga-classique trash pop en puissance, aurait mérité d'être un peu plus remué dans la bouche avant d'être recraché comme il l'est ici, afin d'en tirer toutes les saveurs vénéneuses possibles.
Points supplémentaires pour la pochette toute en carton de mon exemplaire.
I collect all kinds of music from all kinds of artists, this guy is currently my favorite. I don't read celebrity news and have no idea if he is truly famous but if he isn't, he will be and I have to think he is well respected among his peers. I will be buying more of his work, He really is a pleasure to hear.