by M. Ward


$13.03 $14.99 Save 13% Current price is $13.03, Original price is $14.99. You Save 13%.
View All Available Formats & Editions
Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for guaranteed delivery by Thursday, January 30
13 New & Used Starting at $1.99


Laconic California indie minstrel M. Ward's fifth offering is a thrift shop photo album filled with histories that may or may not have been, dust bowl carnival rides, and slices of sunlit Western Americana so thick that you need a broom to sweep up the bits that fall off of the knife. Ward makes records that sound like he just wandered in off the street with a few friends and hit the record button, but what would feel lazy and unfocused in less confident hands comes off like a tutorial in old-school songwriting and performance that hearkens back to the days of Hank Williams and Leadbelly if they had had access to a modern-day studio. Post-War is not only Ward's best effort yet, it's one of the best records of the year. While his distinctive half-second-delay drawl assumes its usual position as the ghostly broadcast from a more sepia-toned time, the production is far grander than on his previous outings. Opener "Poison Cup," sounding for what it's worth like a cross between the Walker Brothers' "Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore" and an outtake from Dennis Wilson's Pacific Ocean Blue, kicks things off with sneaky keyboard strings that fade into the real deal, reaching elegiac heights by the diminutive track's end. A catchy cover of Daniel Johnston's "To Go Home" features guest vocalist Neko Case breathing fire into the choruses with her trademark howl, the rowdy "Requiem" sounds like a Tom Waits version of Queen's "Fat Bottomed Girls," and the peerless "Magic Trick," with its brilliant refrain of "She's got one magic trick/just one and that's it/she disappears," kicks off a suite of tunes that snake their way through to the album's end like a shot of Apple Jack. Like early Pavement, Ward knows how to make sloppy sound succinct, and it's that magic mix of earnestness and apathy that makes Post-War the secret bounty that it is.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/29/2006
Label: Merge Records
UPC: 0673855028026
catalogNumber: 280
Rank: 84909

Album Credits

Performance Credits

M. Ward   Primary Artist,Guitar,Chimes,Keyboards,Vocals
Neko Case   Vocals
Mike Mogis   Mandolin,Chimes,Cymbals,Timpani,chamberlain,Omnichord
Jim James   Guitar,Vocals
Rachel Blumberg   Drums,Vocals
Mike Coykendall   Bass,Percussion,Drums,Harp,Vocals
Jordan Hudson   Percussion,Drums
Amanda Lawrence   Violin,Viola
Skip vonKuske   Bass,Cello

Technical Credits

Nick Luca   Engineer
Mike Mogis   Engineer
M. Ward   Composer,Producer
Jim James   Producer
Adam Selzer   Engineer
Mike Coykendall   Engineer
Robert Hilburn   Author

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

Post-War 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have always been a fan of M. Ward, his music is something you play anytime and it just feels good and mixes into the backround of your day in comforting way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago