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The hushed and weathered tones of M. WARD are easily some of the most intoxicating sounds on earth. Whether he's creating his own songs, writing and producing for others, or playing with his superbly ramshackle backing band, Matt (aka M. Ward) breathes irresistible life into everything he does. His renowned guitar playing is immediately striking, but it is his songwriting for which he is universally loved and lauded. If it is possible to be both eloquent and vague in the same sentence, then M. Ward knows how. If it's possible to be both diffident and bold in delivery, then he knows that, too. It's the kind of writing that begs repeated listens, all delivered in a voice oozing with warmth and gravelly charm.
M. Ward's album Transistor Radio (2005) paid homage to the long-lost golden age of music radio, a time when DJs played 45s, and the dust of the grooves could be heard crackling over the airwaves. Recorded in an attic in his adopted hometown of Portland, Post-War (2006) is its own special place and time, filled with enticing nooks and crannies. Post-War is the fourth M. Ward album, and his most absorbing to date. Its songs unravel their world-wearied tales of life, love, and human kindness with an innate and special grace, helped in part by the very talented friends who join him on this record, including Neko Case and Mike Mogis, as well as his "Monsters Of Folk" touring buddy Jim James (of My Morning Jacket).