A Wasteland Companion

  • Record Label: Merge
  • Release Date: Apr 10, 2012
User Score
6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
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  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 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!
  2. 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 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."
  3. 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 fresh air, but itâ
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. May 10, 2012
    67
    While not as sunny as 2009's Hold Time, it's confident and multifaceted.
  2. Apr 27, 2012
    60
    As engaging as an album of mood swings can be.
  3. Q Magazine
    Apr 25, 2012
    80
    In upbeat mode, he's made of stirring stuff, but the real wonder here is to be found when he drops a gear into hushed beauty and sun-dappled loveliness. [May 2012, p.101]