The Best Album Of 2009?

wardAfter listening to M Ward’s new album in it’s entirety a few times I would tend to agree. It hasn’t been released yet but NPR has it available  for you to listen to HERE.

I’ve been anxiously awaiting this release for years. Ol Mr. Ward hooked me with his fantastic Post War record back in 2006 which contained one of the best singles of all time in “Chinese Translation”. He’s a back porch kind of a guy and has the ability to conjure images of sepia tinged photographs with his laid back style of playing/singing. His cover of Buddy Holly’s “Rave On” from this new album is fantastic, and the rest of the album is equally excellent.  Guest appearances by Lucinda Williams and Zooey Deschanel (from “She And Him” , but you may know her better for her acting turn in the film Almost Famous) add to the overall elegance and atmosphere.  NPR.ORG had to say about the new album:

“The songs of singer-guitarist M. Ward seem to drift in on the crackling radio waves of a distant time. Warm and intimate, his largely acoustic and usually spare arrangements are a tribute to what Ward sees as the greatest era for American music: the 1950s and early ’60s, when singers like Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison infused country-rooted pop with honesty and romance. Ward’s latest album, Hold Time, continues this tradition, with a gorgeously produced mix of finger-picked guitars, upright bass and shuffling rhythms, all tied together by his achy voice.”

Pique your interest?