- 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.
- Record Label: Merge
- Genre(s): Indie, Rock
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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.
JoãoCSep 14, 2006This fifth record is as good as his previous efforts, but this time he has a wonderful band to give a wider landscape to his songs. Brilliant.
MatthewCSep 2, 2006His strongest album to date, surpassing even Transfiguration of Vincent, which is quite an achievement. The bigger sound he gets here from a His strongest album to date, surpassing even Transfiguration of Vincent, which is quite an achievement. The bigger sound he gets here from a more traditional "band" gives this set of songs a depth that really makes them stick in your mind. Matt's the best young songwriter working today and this album bears that out.… Expand
JackPotAug 29, 2006With each album, it becomes clearer that M. Ward has one of rock's great voices. It has a certain world-weariness that can inspire With each album, it becomes clearer that M. Ward has one of rock's great voices. It has a certain world-weariness that can inspire feelings of yearning and wonder.… Expand
BradPSep 7, 2006M. Ward continues his run with a thoroughly consistent batch of material that follows up on his ideas from Transistor Radio and M. Ward continues his run with a thoroughly consistent batch of material that follows up on his ideas from Transistor Radio and Transfiguration of Vincent. Great songs that stick in your mind, delivered with one of the most unique voices on the Indie scene today. The production is wonderfully layered and organic, with beautiful rambling guitar noise and a powerful rhythm section. This one earns steady rotation on the iPod.… Expand
StuDJan 31, 2007Pleasantly surprised. A definite top 10 for '06.
KevinROct 9, 2006A good record, though some of the songs have a very unnecessary feel to them.
JosephNSep 7, 2006Did we ask for more of the same? At times he sounds like a dieing baby
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