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  • Summary: The Portland, Ore. singer-songwriter's fourth album includes contributions from members of Rilo Kiley, My Morning Jacket, The Decemberists and Giant Sand.
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  1. My album of the year - whatever year it is.
  2. There's such a casual, old-timey feel to much of the CD that it's easy to get caught up by the album's charms and forget to focus on Ward's writing, which would be a mistake. [6 Mar 2005]
  3. Wistful and bluesy. [11 Mar 2005, p.105]
  4. His lo-fi production values, traditional forms, and writerly sense of detail create songs that seem to recall moments from some collective past life, one that’s just barely disappeared from view.
  5. He has a childlike wonderment rarely glimpsed among industry-dominated modern music, but he plays this off against a frail world-weariness.
  6. Another set of unassuming Americana. [19 Mar 2005, p.59]
  7. Most of Ward's quiet, contemporary folk songs are mere sketches, mediocre if not unmemorable. [Apr 2005, p.126]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 24
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  1. alecb
    Nov 26, 2008
    10
    A timelessly beautiful album. Pure and heartfelt, M. Ward pays homage to America of yore, and points to a bright future for the new A timelessly beautiful album. Pure and heartfelt, M. Ward pays homage to America of yore, and points to a bright future for the new folk/Americana movement. Expand
  2. seanfxmurphy
    Jul 24, 2005
    10
    Gorgeous! Get all his stuff! Next stop, Wonderland.
  3. jeff
    Feb 3, 2006
    10
    My favorite album of 2005. Brilliant.
  4. MatthewC
    Apr 20, 2005
    9
    Not quite as good as Transfigration of Vincent, but still a damn fine album. I've been wearing it out. This, Beck, Andrew Bird and the Not quite as good as Transfigration of Vincent, but still a damn fine album. I've been wearing it out. This, Beck, Andrew Bird and the Decemberists new one are my faves so far this year. Expand
  5. Johan
    Aug 22, 2006
    9
    fantastic
  6. RichardS.
    Oct 19, 2005
    9
    Beautiful record. Album of the year.
  7. JohnP
    Apr 19, 2005
    7
    Alright. Takes about 3-4 songs to even get going. I think Ward fell a little too in love with the whole 'timeless lo-fi folk Alright. Takes about 3-4 songs to even get going. I think Ward fell a little too in love with the whole 'timeless lo-fi folk affectation' thing this time around. Still a nice record, but Transfiguration of Vincent is nicer. Expand

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