A Wasteland Companion
Over the past few years, Portland singer/songwriter Matt Ward (aka M.Ward) has become more famous for his various side projects than his own solo career. Ward sat in the backseat in his retro pop project She & Him with “New Girl” Zooey Deschanel, and he also didn’t get much limelight when he took part in Monsters of Folk, the super group folk trio formed with better known folksters Conor Oberst (aka Bright Eyes) and Jim James (of My Morning Jacket fame). While lesser known in each project, M. Ward was no less vital and I would even argue he is more responsible for Zooey’s musical success than Zooey herself for helping coach, produce, and craft her songs. Now, a couple side projects later, M. Ward releases his first solo album in three years, A Wasteland Companion, an album that is unmistakably M. Ward but doesn’t quite reach the heights of his best efforts.
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