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Since 2009’s solo album Hold Time, M. Ward has released collaborations with Zooey Deschanel (as She & Him), plus My Morning Jacket’s Jim James and Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst (as Monsters of Folk). For his eighth solo affair, Ward strikes a masterful balance between sunny and shadowy songs, reflecting the beautiful range of emotions evoked by life itself. The collection starts with “Clean Slate,” a melodic and meditative confessional where he expounds on the wisdom gained by experience. The poetic folk-rocker segues into “Primitive Girl,” a rousing piano-peppered ditty with crashing drums. That song fades into what briefly sounds like a completely different track: a sparse, warm, and intimate breather that includes heart-touching lines that could’ve been written by Wordsworth. Ward’s characteristic fingerpicking decorates “Me and My Shadow,” the first of two collaborations with Deschanel (the latter is a rocking interpretation of Daniel Johnston’s “Sweetheart”). The charming, well-rounded collection also includes a cover of the jazz standard “I Get Ideas.”

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M. Arvelous

M. Ward returns with a fantastic release, with a perfect balance of lively, kickin' rock and relaxed laid back accoustic tracks. Although rather short as an album length-wise, a full listen is satisfying and doesn't feel like it's missing anything. A gem for M. Ward fans and newcomers alike, it's "Pure Joy"!

One of the most dynamic guitarists of our time for sure...

I appreciate music for all that it is, and with M. Ward's new set of tracks, I can feel it flow through me. The guitar is classic and somewhat progressive at the same time. Life seems fuller when I'm listening to his guitar work, seriously. Forget them haters, M. Ward is amazing.

Freaking Amazing.

Matthew Freaking Ward,

You've done it again, but for the first time. This album is wonderful. The songs flow smoothly to it. They have a fun little kick to them that makes you want to dance, or if you want to chil, they make you chill all at once.


Your biggest fan,
Jordan. :-)


Born: October 4, 1973 in Newbury Park, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Portland, Oregon-based singer/songwriter M. Ward (born Matthew Stephen Ward) grew up listening to gospel and country, two genres that figure prominently in his breezy, West Coast take on Americana. After a six-year stint with the folk-rock trio Rodriguez, Ward began sketching out songs deeply rooted in the classic traditions of American country-folk. Ward's first solo effort came in the form of Duet for Guitars #2, which was written and recorded while he was living between Chicago and various locales...
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