Hold Time - M. Ward
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  • Summary: The singer-songwriter releases his latest solo album featuring guests such as The Decemberists' Rachel Blumberg, Lucinda Williams, DeVotchKa's Tom Hagerman, and Zooey Deschanel.
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  1. Positive: 29 out of 31
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  1. Hold Time does, in fact, feel timeless, a musical wanderer's dusty, train-hopping tour through folk, blues, and country.
  2. 82
    Hold Time marks Ward's third, and best chance to skip the three-peat pattern for sneaking under the radar with his name near the top. [Winter 2009, p.92]
  3. His latest album, Hold Time, is as finely wrought and thoroughly affecting an indie effort as 2009 is likely to see.
  4. His music makes you think slowly, all the better to ponder the ample fruits of this profound album. [Winter 2009, p.76]
  5. The details sometimes outshine the songs: Lyrics about love come off as worn, and lyrics about God seem lifted from Sunday school.
  6. 70
    It takes a minute for the standouts here to stand out, but it's an enjoyable wait.
  7. Hold Time goes one step further by drowning the whole caboodle in a bizarre new sound that incorporates cheesy synthetic-sounding strings, a hint of Phil Spector as well as that resolutely unpretty croak.

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  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
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  1. May 14, 2013
    The only time I listened to M. Ward was She & Him and Monsters Of Folk, never his own record. I'll admit, I hate myself for it. After listening to Hold Time, I'm reevaluating all of this. What a fantastic record. Wards lyrics sound like a man with 80 years of wisdom under his belt. His vocals even shine as much or even more than this record. Every track is great.

    All In All, Hold Time is a far better record than I expected. I loved every minute of it. A-

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