12 Songs, 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

As comfortable as corduroy, M. Ward’s graveled croon leads the way for him to roam across America’s musical past. His eighth album marries slow-burn balladry (the doo-wop daydream “Little Baby”) with ringing, countrified indie rock (the Wilco-esque “Girl From Conejo Valley”). The breathy harmonies on “I’m Listening (Child’s Theme)” evoke Ward’s popular She & Him duo with Zooey Deschanel, while “Phenomenon” is exactly the kind of wafting, twangy lullaby he does so well. These songs are cosy time machines, cherry-picking the best sonic souvenirs from bygone eras.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

As comfortable as corduroy, M. Ward’s graveled croon leads the way for him to roam across America’s musical past. His eighth album marries slow-burn balladry (the doo-wop daydream “Little Baby”) with ringing, countrified indie rock (the Wilco-esque “Girl From Conejo Valley”). The breathy harmonies on “I’m Listening (Child’s Theme)” evoke Ward’s popular She & Him duo with Zooey Deschanel, while “Phenomenon” is exactly the kind of wafting, twangy lullaby he does so well. These songs are cosy time machines, cherry-picking the best sonic souvenirs from bygone eras.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

Attacked by Monsters ,

A slow dance with your partner.

Pirate Radio, I’m Listening, and Little Baby are standouts. There was a time when I thought Paul Simon might make an album like this, but I’m glad it’s finally M. Ward. Each song is intuitively familiar like a dream about your childhood or like an unread book by your favorite author, but enough of the details are different and new that you listen closely. The iTunes description called this as comfortable as “corduroy,” which isn’t exactly an enduring remark. But the gist is that M. Ward is consummate in his attention to the details he loves, like a haunting pedal steel, gritty reverb, and close mic’d instruments and vocals, and you can’t help but start to love them, too.

YNWA-FOREVER ,

Incredible

Every nook and cranny of this record is filled with beauty. You never disappoint Mr. Ward. Cheers!

ButterTop ,

Nope

Sometimes drugs ARE bad. Just listen.

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