M. Ward - A Wasteland Companion (2012) / Rating: 3/5
Don’t let the album name fool you, this is not some deeply dark depressing turn for M. Ward and his music. “A Wasteland Companion” brings the usual mix from M. Ward, nothing all that different or exciting. The songs, “Me and My Shadow”, “Sweetheart” feature Zooey Deschanel (how the hell did he get her?! Man what a get). But all kidding aside, you have to wonder at this point what the real difference is between a M. Ward solo effort and a She and Him album? Obviously it means less Deschanel, but she does seem to pop up in background vocals throughout Wasteland Companion. It could be possibly the idea that most of the M. Ward solo songs are more personal to him, I’m not sure. As I said before in my Shins review, bands have to walk a very fine line between becoming repetitive album after album or pushing their sound so far that alienates their core fan base. M. Ward does add some new and interesting soundscapes with the use of edgier guitar effects, and orchestral strings. Though he doesn’t push it far enough, I’m not sure how many more records of M. Ward acoustically doodling on his guitar I can listen to. But then again, there’s always the next She and Him album.
Buy/Listen - M. Ward - A Wasteland Companion
//post by scott