M. Ward, indie folk singer, brings us an enjoyable, upbeat album in A Wasteland Companion.
M. Ward is probably best known as the “him” in She and Him. M. Ward is probably the more talented of the duo, but is often overlooked because Zoey Deschanel is way cuter. But don’t think that just because M. Ward is part of a duo that capitalizes on putting a manufactured indie star in the spotlight that he can’t create an enjoyable album by his lonesome. I actually think Ward writes better songs on his own.
As it turns out, A Wasteland Companion may be Ward’s best work yet. Calming and melodic, it is easy to get through in one sitting – something I had trouble doing with his previous albums. The songs, while folksy, each have their own distinct sound. They tend to mix twangy guitars, female backup vocals (sometimes Zoey Dechanel), and piano to give a nice, complete sound. All the songs sound like they’ve had a good amount thought put into the mixing. As for M. Ward’s vocals, sometimes I feel like he sounds like a coherent, actually-trying-to-sing, non-smoking version of Tom Waits. That’s a good thing.
Maybe it’s the music I tend to listen to, but M. Ward’s positive outlook on things is kind of refreshing. It’s great to hear someone sing about how great things are or can be. They are relaxing, uplifting and will put you in a good mood.
There isn’t too much else to say about A Wasteland Companion. It’s something both you and your mom can enjoy together, making it a good Mother’s Day present. And that’s better than giving her the Enya CD she asked for and will force you to listen to at some point in your life.
Verdict: If you like folk music, country music, or a bit of rock, you should check out this album. I only have good things to say about this album and every track on it.
Video from A Wasteland Companion
“The First Time I Ran Away”
A Wasteland Companion