This, his fifth LP, may not turn any new fans on to Ward’s road-weary worn voice, but when preaching to the converted, he’s hit another solid home run. Autumn is approaching and it calls out for this album — man, we need this album. This, like all of Ward’s brand of folk music, is the soundtrack to falling leaves, bonfires, and crisp air blowing through the crack in your car’s window. Expanded instrumentation and a bevy of guests ranging from Jim James to Neko Case only add the record’s charm.
But hey, it’s August, and I’m in southern California. I guess I’ll just have to press play, turn the AC way down, put on a sweater and pretend it’s really October. Damn this is good.
MP3: M. Ward :: Post-War
MP3: M. Ward :: Right In The Head
Listen: M. Ward on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic, March 29, 2005.
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