M. Ward / A Wasteland Companion
Album: A Wasteland Companion   Collection:General
Artist:M. Ward   Added:Jun 2012
Label:Merge Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2012-06-09 Pull Date: 2012-08-12
Week Ending: Aug 12 Aug 5 Jul 29 Jul 22 Jul 15 Jul 8 Jul 1 Jun 24
Airplays: 1 1 2 2 1 1 3 2

Recent Airplay
1. Dec 03, 2021: KZSU Time Traveler
Primitive Girl
4. Aug 03, 2012: Time Traveler
Primitive Girl
2. Jan 02, 2013: Meow After Midnight: The Best Of 2012
Watch The Show
5. Jul 27, 2012: The Songsmith Show
Clean Slate (For Alex & El Goodo)
3. Aug 10, 2012: Time Traveler
Primitive Girl
6. Jul 25, 2012: Meow After Midnight
Watch The Show

Album Review
Mister Esquire
Reviewed 2012-06-07
as reviewed by Mister Esquire.

neo-folky indie pop.
m. ward is the him half of she&him (which I love!), 1/4 of monsters of
folk (don't know).
but there's just something missing here.
zooey's here on a few tracks, but they are the weakest of the bunch.
there's a buncha cameos: howie gelb, steve shelly, dr. dog, blah blah
m. ward kinda reminds me of leonard cohen in the most poppy sense, but
he needs to smoke more cigarettes! initially,I wasn't gonna review
this.kinda boring. but it grew on me:the good tracks are great.
RIYL: leonard, big star, singy songwrity, et al.
(that's half an 'O')

1. pretty acoustic ode to alex chilton. countryish
folk. could be flying burrito bros.
2. uptempo, britty poppy. zooey coos in bkgnd.
kinda reminds me of the members.
3. BEST TRACK II: starts slow and saddy, gets into rocking lil' pop
number. (feel the angst!)
4. cover of the daniel johnston tune. zooey alert.
5. cover of tune popularized by louis armstrong. lame, but...likable
enough. it's something they'd play in a teen sex comedy. (it's the prom,
and those kooky kids -m.&zooey- just wanna dance!)
6. boring acoustic bit. tries for big starism.
7. also boring. countryish.
(t.s. eliot is sneering in his grave.)
8. BEST TRACK: awesome! leonard lives!
ominous pop. countryish, gothic.
9. okay, time to go back to sleep.
10. piano! i like piano! (don't know if I like the song though. even
though I avoid descriptions of lyrics...'I was raised by a tribe of
vegas cowboys'...I am rolling around on the ground, laughing snot out of
my eyes right now!)
11. kinda nice, ethereal countryish shuffle.
12. boring boring boring
-the end-

Track Listing
1. Clean Slate (For Alex & El Goodo)   7. A Wasteland Companion
2. Primitive Girl   8. Watch The Show
3. Me And My Shadow   9. There's A Key
4. Sweetheart   10. Crawl After You
5. I Got Ideas   11. Wild Goose
6. The First Time I Ran Away   12. Pure Joy