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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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Title inspired by Fallout: New Vegas?

Very good album. I love this guy's music.

M. Ward

I only listen to M. Ward when I'm sad; but I'm sad all the time, so I listen the whole night through, yeah, I listen in the daytime, too.


Funny, because the only track I DONT like is Sweetheart (probably because it was written by somebody else).


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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