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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. Ward’s only failure in his bid to create a paean to another era is Transistor Radio’s length.
  4. No one else sounds like him, and these are the best songs he's ever played. [#9]
  5. The hit and miss nature of Transistor Radio makes it seem more like a compilation of songs rather than a cohesive album. But in the end, the album is a winner simply due to Ward's unique voice and talent as a songwriter.
  6. Ward's lo-fi (and utterly charming) ditties make you long for a past you never lived. [#14, p.123]
  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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