The hushed and weathered tones of M. Ward are easily one 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 breathes irresistible life into everything he does. His renowned guitar playing is immediately striking but it's also his songwriting for which he is universally loved and lauded. If it's possible to be both eloquent and vague in the same sentence then Matt 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 which begs repeated listens, all delivered in a voice oozing with warmth and gravelly charm.

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 old “Monsters Of Folk” touring buddy Jim James (of My Morning Jacket).


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