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A Wasteland Companion

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The album, consisting of 12 stunning tracks, was made with 18 musicians and recorded in eight different studios in Portland, Omaha, New York City, Los Angeles, Austin and Bristol (UK). 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 talents of M Ward (piano, guitars, voice, production), Mike Coykendall (percussion, bass), Giant Sand's Howe Gelb (piano), John Parish (percussion, marimba), Bright Eyes Mike Mogis (organ), Susan Sanchez (vocals), She & Him's Zooey Deschanel (vocals), Jordan Hudson (percussion), Adam Selzer (bass), Nathan JR Andersen (piano), Scott McPherson (percussion), Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley (percussion), Dr Dog's Tobey Leaman (bass), Devotchka's Tom Hagerman (strings), Oakely Hall's Rachel Cox (vocals), Amanda Lawrence (violin), John Graboff (pedal steel) and Tyler Tornfelt
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 10, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Merge Records
  • ASIN: B0070XEQKA
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,618 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Rudolph Klapper on April 10, 2012
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For those only familiar with Matthew Ward's work as the Him in Zooey Deschanel's pastiche to `60s pop and aw-shucks charm in She & Him, A Wasteland Companion opener "Clean Slate (For Alex & El Goodo)" is probably a bit of a curveball. Yet after years of working behind the curtain in both She & Him and with more outspoken rock revivalists Conor Oberst, Jim James and Mike Mogis in the Monsters of Folk, this is the M. Ward longtime fans will be delighted to hear - Ward's husky, ashen voice ruminating over barely there acoustic strumming, losing itself in the simple campfire pleasures of storytelling and the barely there hiss of an AM radio. Ward's production talents really started to shine through with his last solo effort, 2009's Hold Time, and the aforementioned work with She & Him and his more esteemed partners in Monsters of Folk hit on familiar Ward touchstones: Brill Building pop, Chuck Berry homage, and dyed-in-the-wool `60s Americana. A Wasteland Companion, Ward's seventh album, continues to touch on all of these influences at one point or another. "Clean Slate" is where Ward's heart belongs though, resting in the shadowy period between the blues and British Invasion pop, a time when recording on more than one track was a studio trick in itself. The sparse tribute to Big Star is striking in its simplicity, and although A Wasteland Companion goes to great lengths to show Ward's dexterity as a producer, few artists can transport a listener as easily as Ward does on "Clean Slate" with just an acoustic and that inimitable voice.Read more ›
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I was ready for something big after "Hold Time" and M's other work of the last few years. The first half of this project started to deliver and then, to me, seemed to fizzle. Judging from the other reviews, many take an opposite view. Apparently there are two M. Ward camps and at least two sides to Mr. M. himself. All I know is that there was only one song I didn't care for on "Hold Time" or "Post War" and I haven't really even listened to the She & Him stuff. I'll be looking for the next product; another Monster collaboration maybe?
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There are three good reasons to like M. Ward. First, there is the range of his song writing as it reinvents the term "Americana" on each record. Then there is the excellent guitar work and nuanced tone he finds by stretching what is old into something new again. And let's not forget his voice, a fully realized character through which his songs find voice, as distinct and original as anything you will find in music today. If you prefer 'authentic' rather than 'commercial,' then this is what you are looking for.
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Sounds great, and another solid entry to the M. Ward albums. I especially like "Watch The Show." There's this thing where he makes albums and seems like he's trying very hard to make these songs happen, almost like they already existed, and he's just letting them out.

"The First Time I Ran Away" and "Pure Joy" are just downright gorgeous sounding.
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I'm biased, because in my mind, M. Ward can do no wrong. I love just about everything he puts out there. (Except She & Him, which is too much "she" and not enough "him.") This album is great for road trips in the mountains.
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M. Ward is new to me. I picked this up on a whim because I had listened to a track on a Sampler Site. (Under the Radar magazine often gives away free music to LOTS of indie bands- some signed, some not)He is a quiet singer with a pleasant voice, with lots of acoustic electric guitar. A very introspective song writer. He would feel right at home in a coffee house playing solo or a small cabaret. At first I was not impressed at all. But I always give an album I don't like at least three full listening sessions at different times of the week. (sometimes I'm just not that into it the 1st time) During these listening sessions I came to appreciate the music for it's simplicity and lyrics. I now enjoy listening to the record quite often, and sometimes even find myself singing along. Not too shabby for an impulse buy.
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The first thought that hit me upon listening to M. Ward’s latest release is that this is a perfect NPR album. Maybe I had that thought because the title sounds and feels so much like a Prairie Home Companion, but I think it’s more because this is exactly the kind of music NPR loves to promote. Intelligent writing, catchy melodies, a distinct voice, a little bit dark, a little bit of social commentary, and ultimately nothing too brilliant or deep. I wouldn’t put it up there as one of the greatest albums of the year, but it is certainly an enjoyable listen. It seems at times that M. Ward is trying sing from the perspective of different narratives, and there is something that is undeniably joyous in his more bouncy, moving tunes.

This is an album you forget about and go back to, remember why you loved it for a moment, and then remember why you forgot about it again. My favorite tracks are Me and My Shadow, The First Time I Ran Away and Watch the Show. Not the best M. Ward I've heard, but a lot of fun nonetheless. 3.5 out of 5.
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