A Wasteland Companion

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  • Summary: M. Ward returns with his solo album featuring such guests as Howe Gelb of Giant Sand, Toby Leaman of Dr. Dog, Tom Hagerman of Devotchka, Mike Mogis of Bright Eyes, Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth, and She & Him collaborator Zooey Deschanel.
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  • Record Label: Merge
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
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Primitive Girl
[MusixMatch] She's a primitive girl She says it herself She cuts to the chase Yeah like nobody else If you say how're you doing She'll say I'm doing... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. 88
    A Wasteland Companion isn't a sonic tidal wave, per se - it's built on some of the folk troubadour's quietest, most intimate tunes in years. But where emotions are concerned, it pummels.
  2. 80
    A refreshingly non-dogmatic take on retro musical styles.
  3. 80
    This new album capitalizes on many of the singer/songwriter's strengths with songs that support his abilities.
  4. Alternative Press
    Apr 3, 2012
    70
    It is perhaps three songs too long, but A Wasteland companion is, nonetheless, a welcome return to form. [May 2012, p.85]
  5. 70
    In the album's quieter segments he proves that his deft touch remains.
  6. Apr 27, 2012
    60
    As engaging as an album of mood swings can be.
  7. Apr 18, 2012
    50
    Much of A Wasteland Companion suffers from the unimaginative fluff that plagued 2009's Hold Time.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. May 8, 2012
    9
    Very good release by M. Ward. A big grower. As usual, M. Ward is a pro at what he does. I wanted to give this an 8, however, some exaggeratorVery good release by M. Ward. A big grower. As usual, M. Ward is a pro at what he does. I wanted to give this an 8, however, some exaggerator gave it a negative review. IMO, almost all albums should receive at least a 5, unless it is total crap. This is a good album. Not fantastic, but it is a very solid release. Definitely does not deserve a below 5 review. Buy it! Expand
  2. Apr 11, 2012
    8
    Full review at www.ManikMusic.net Both staff members gave a B rating!

    M. Ward plays as a reinvigorated optimist, which a is **** breath of
    Full review at www.ManikMusic.net Both staff members gave a B rating!

    M. Ward plays as a reinvigorated optimist, which a is **** breath of fresh air, but itâ
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  3. Oct 28, 2012
    8
    Ward proves that at the end of "desolation row" a "clean slate" can be found in which "you only have to wait a little while before you findWard proves that at the end of "desolation row" a "clean slate" can be found in which "you only have to wait a little while before you find the truth" that in the end leads to "pure joy" where there just "ain't no other way to say just what this feeling is." Expand
  4. Apr 12, 2012
    6
    To these ears his weakest collection to date. Pretty enough, but lacking the sonic adventure and song writing rigour of earlier efforts.To these ears his weakest collection to date. Pretty enough, but lacking the sonic adventure and song writing rigour of earlier efforts. Beautifully recorded, mind. Expand