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Portland’s M. Ward has charmed and entranced a steadily growing audience since his 1999 debut, and he spent a portion of 2008 basking in the quasi-spotlight with the success of She & Him, his musical pairing with Zooey Deschanel. "For Beginners” opens the set with subdued, Buddy Holly-influenced guitar strumming, a gentle undercurrent to Ward’s warm and gently rugged voice. This is a superb collection of songs, with gems like the languid cover of Don Gibson’s “Oh Lonesome Me,” where Ward duets with Lucinda Williams, and a woozy, late-night take on Holly’s “Rave On” with Deschanel helping out on vocals. Jason Lytle of Grandaddy shows up on “To Save Me,” a lush nod to ‘60s pop, and the spirit of Nick Lowe is palpable on tracks like the introspective, hazy title track and the playful “Stars of Leo.” With clever lyrics, a stand-up bass, guitars lovingly strummed and picked, and an ever-present cloak of reverb around Ward’s voice, Hold Time feels soothing, familiar, and altogether necessary. And just like the venerable Nick Lowe, it seems clear that M. Ward has a vast reserve of first-rate music that will keep him going a good long time.

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m. ward's time....

hot off his duet album w/ zooey, She & Him..... this could be his crossover record. "never had nobody..." and "rave on" are very catchy. In the face of hard times, it's a good time for music... also listening to NEW music from: dan auerbach, eddie skuller, buddy & julie miller.

Seemless

This cd as a whole works monumentally well. All of the songs flow together nicely. The first listen I took, the cd was over without my knowledge. It's hard to know when one song ends and another begins. It's just one giant masterpiece. By the way, I like how he's so awesome that he even produced this record.

Another masterpiece

Whether you are a first-time listener or an old fan hungry for more, prepare to be moved. Simply put, this man knows how to write good songs.

Biography

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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