The New M. Ward Album Makes Me Want to Drink Cider

by That Guy on October 14, 2006

Well, it’s officially fall here in Chicago. I can tell because it snowed two days ago. If it weren’t for the music scene, this place would be about as cool as Michael McDonald right now. Luckily, the new M. Ward album came out just in time to give me an excuse to stay inside. His new effort, Post-War, is simply great fall music. It’s the type of album that makes me want to pour myself some cider and spike it with some Evan Williams. Maybe throw on a tight flannel over a waffle henley. Not wash my hair for about 4-5 days and see how greasily manageable it becomes. Basically, it makes me want to get weird. And that’s good.

The thing I like most about Post-War is its simplicity. You don’t hear any overly complex arrangements on the album. And, again, that’s good. It’s typically M. Ward’s earthy voice wrapped around an acoustic guitar or two, some occasional well-placed keys, and steady percussion. Plain and simple, this guy writes SONGS. And I like them.

The only kick in the bag was that I didn’t get a digital booklet when I purchased the album on iTunes. Maybe I’m the only one that enjoys reading who artists thank and who played on the album. Whatever. All in all it’s a good record. If you don’t want to shell out the $10 for the entire album, I’d download these songs to see if you like it. They provide a nice summary of the album.

  1. Chinese Translation
  2. To Go Home
  3. Poison Cup

If you want to get into some of his older stuff, I strongly recommend you listen to the song Vincent O’Brien off of Transfiguration of Vincent. It’s what originally got me into this guy.

Here’s M. Ward doing Chinese Translation, live.

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And since it’s football season, here is a series of analogies to give you a better idea of what M. Ward’s music is like:

Mainstream music : Chad Johnson’s end-zone celebrations
M. Ward : Barry Sanders casually flipping the ball to the ref after a score
HearYa : Casually flipping a balled up condom into the trashcan after a score

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Oz October 14, 2006 at 10:55 am

Thanks for putting a pic of Barry Sanders on the site and not your balled up condy. If you haven’t listened to Transistor Radio yet, try it on for size. Hi-Fi, Fuel for Fire and sweethearts on parade are all great songs.

Mark October 18, 2006 at 12:34 pm

Ali G calls em “connies.”

He does look like Barry Sanders flipping the ball to the ref. He just plays the damn music.

Who is the musical equivalent of T.O., I wonder…? Someone who thinks way too much of themself, and takes everyone down around him…. hmmm.
Scott Stapp? David Lee Roth? Pete Dougherty?

Oz October 18, 2006 at 3:05 pm

You’re thinking of Axl Rose

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