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Duet for Guitars #2 (Reissue)

M. Ward

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Thanks to the widespread critical acclaim for Post-War, his fifth full-length album — not to mention a slate of live dates opening for Norah Jones — singer-songwriter M. Ward emerged in 2007 as a force in “indie folk” circles. While 2006’s Post-War marked a natural culmination of his early career, the truth is that the seeds of Ward’s laconic, laid-back, lo-fi sound had been sown as early as his debut, which has been reissued here with three bonus tracks. Recorded in 1998, Duet for Guitars #2 feels even more casual, spare, and low-key than its successors, which is saying something. But as longtime Ward fans know, few others do ragged simplicity and offhanded beauty with as much care. Ward’s slightly strange yet oddly soothing songs, steeped in prewar blues and folk, include dreamy reminiscences (“Beautiful Car”), sleepy philosophical rambles (“Who May Be Lazy”), and, in many cases, both (“Song from Debby’s Stairs”). Instrumentals like the title track and “The Crooked Spine” are showcases for Ward’s gentle, John Fahey-inspired fingerpicking, while “He Asked Me to be a Snake” (complete with creaking door in the background) melds a bright 1920s-style pop melody (“The Glory of Love” leaps to mind) with inscrutable lyrics about redemption and sympathy. Ward’s endearingly creaky, fragile voice helps establish a sense of intimacy and sincerity.

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M Ward

Leo Kottke look out, this guy has talent.

I have to say this is pretty darn good

Another nice compilation from M. Ward. This has a lot of nice Acoustics and good Vocals.

Smell the Guitars

My head went places and my body began to tingle a bit. It has character melded with a nice musicianship. Maybe I could get toned out on it at a point, and something about its tone is reminiscent of many things in its genre. I don't listen to all that much "alternative" music anyway so it is a spice in my life for its musicianship and the scratch'n'sniff movie that plays in my head when I hear it.

Biography

Born: 1974 in Ventura County, 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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