Post-War - M. Ward
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  • Summary: The singer-songwriter's fifth release finds him backed for the first time by a full band, which includes Rachel Blumberg (The Decemberists) and Jordan Hudson (The Thermals). Neko Case and My Morning Jacket's Jim James guest.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Ward's talents have never been more persuasively showcased. [1 Sep 2006, p.77]
  2. 88
    An album confident enough in its substance to not force profound stylistic changes. [#21, p.100]
  3. There's a bit of Starbucks gloss to this record, a too-easy-to-like quality that may at first put off serious listeners and music heads. That evaporates pretty quickly, though, as you recognize that its lucid simplicity, its artful artlessness is not a trick, but achievement.
  4. While he still relies heavily on old-timey melodies and washes every instrument with classic delay, the set feels more alive than usual.
  5. 80
    A rich, bright sounding record, albeit etched with Ward's lyrical ruefulness and voice of crumbling, lugubrious regret. [Oct 2006, p.111]
  6. Ambivalent, fatalistic, heartbroken, defiantly hopeful.
  7. It’s abundantly clear that Ward is an indie-rock songwriter--a pretty good one sometimes--who doesn’t bring a whole lot else to the table.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 2 out of 17