12 Songs, 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

As comfortable as corduroy, M. Ward’s graveled croon leads the way for him to roam across America’s musical past. His eighth album marries slow-burn balladry (the doo-wop daydream “Little Baby”) with ringing, countrified indie rock (the Wilco-esque “Girl From Conejo Valley”). The breathy harmonies on “I’m Listening (Child’s Theme)” evoke Ward’s popular She & Him duo with Zooey Deschanel, while “Phenomenon” is exactly the kind of wafting, twangy lullaby he does so well. These songs are cosy time machines, cherry-picking the best sonic souvenirs from bygone eras.

EDITORS’ NOTES

As comfortable as corduroy, M. Ward’s graveled croon leads the way for him to roam across America’s musical past. His eighth album marries slow-burn balladry (the doo-wop daydream “Little Baby”) with ringing, countrified indie rock (the Wilco-esque “Girl From Conejo Valley”). The breathy harmonies on “I’m Listening (Child’s Theme)” evoke Ward’s popular She & Him duo with Zooey Deschanel, while “Phenomenon” is exactly the kind of wafting, twangy lullaby he does so well. These songs are cosy time machines, cherry-picking the best sonic souvenirs from bygone eras.

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