M. Ward Duet for Guitars #2 [Bonus Tracks]
Spin: 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[A] collection of stripped-down love songs swathed in tape hiss that owe much to mid-'70s Neil Young."
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- Released: July 10, 2007
- Originally Released: 2018
- Label: Merge Records
Spin - p.1243.5 stars out of 5 -- "[A] collection of stripped-down love songs swathed in tape hiss that owe much to mid-'70s Neil Young."
- $0.99 on iTunes1.Duet for Guitars No. 2
- $0.99 on iTunes2.Beautiful Car
- $0.99 on iTunes3.Fishing Boat Song
- $0.99 on iTunes4.Scene from No. 12
- $0.99 on iTunes5.Good News
- $0.99 on iTunes6.The Crooked Spine
- $0.99 on iTunes7.Look Me Over
- $0.99 on iTunes8.Who May Be Lazy
- $0.99 on iTunes9.It Won't Happen Twice
- $0.99 on iTunes10.He Asked Me to Be a Snake & Live Underground
- $0.99 on iTunes11.Song from Debby's Stairs
- $0.99 on iTunes12.It Was a Beautiful Car
- $0.99 on iTunes13.Were You There?
- $0.99 on iTunes14.Not a Gang
- $0.99 on iTunes15.Duet for Guitars No. 1
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Personnel: M. Ward (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Carlos Forster (vocals); Adam Selzer (dulcimer, mandolin, percussion).
in 2007, Merge came through with a long-overdue reissue of M. Ward's debut, DUETS FOR GUITAR #2, which finds Ward's recipe--a unique one built on open-chord folk, jazzy vocal phrasing, and indie rock arrangements--almost startlingly fully formed. While his approach reached peak form on 2006's stand-out POST-WAR, here he sounds hungrier, and it lends the songs a rawer, more human feel.
First self-released and then picked up by Howie Gelb's label Ow-Ow in 2000, the album focuses mostly on acoustic musings such as "Good News," "Song From Debby's Stairs," and "Were You There," which feature Ward's undeniably accomplished guitar picking and breezy vocal husk, but breaks up the sequence with the occasional crunchy rocker ("Look Me Over"). Since DUETS, Ward's songs have helped hawk Cadillacs and he's toured the world with Norah Jones, but this reissue shows what impressed in the first place: ace songwriting, impeccable guitar chops, and a voice that simultaneously soothes and haunts.
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