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Hold Time

M. Ward, She & Him Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (16 Feb 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 4AD
  • ASIN: B001KVW588
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,461 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. Never Had Nobody Like You 2:260.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  4. Hold Time 3:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Rave On 3:350.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. To Save Me 3:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. One Hundred Million Years 2:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Stars Of Leo 3:180.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Fisher Of Men 3:120.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Oh Lonesome Me 6:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Epistemology 3:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Blake's View 2:290.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen14. Outro (AKA: I'm A Fool To Want You) 3:470.99  Buy MP3 

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BBC Review

Messing about with time and space is something which M. Ward does exceedingly well. Last year, the musical maverick operating from Oregon, got together with actress Zooey DeSchanel under the title of She & Him. Together they created a glorious throwback to 60s girl-groups and sunny pop with cracking choruses.

Though this outing is perhaps a touch less perky in places and prone to a darker introspection, it's just as flawless in terms of being able to dial up the sounds of another era and transposing them to the 21st Century.

With Hold Time (his sixth solo) he continues to place accomplished cover versions next to original material and defying us to spot the difference. When it comes to the business of retro-fitting pastiches, maybe only Nick Lowe does it as convincingly as this.

Full of alluring detail, Matt Ward reels the listener in hook, line and sinker; the Beach Boys' rumble of To Save Me; Jailbirds easy-going backbeat flushed with stirring Mellotron strings; front-porch folky intimacy of One Hundred Millions Years which could almost be straight out of the Library of Congress archive.

Only occasionally does the vintage patina get overdone. Never Had Anybody Like You stomps into tub-thumping Glam rock territory - an unsettling brew that imagines Trex fronted by Alvin Stardust and backed by the Glitter band.

Despite Ward's amiable growl of a voice (assisted on one track by the earthy grit of Lucinda Williams), it's an instrumental that really steals the show.

Frank Sinatra's black-dog depression torch-song, I'm A Fool To Want You, is converted into a haunting shuffle. When Ward's plaintive tremelo-heavy guitar bends into the gloom of lonesome reverb, the hairs on the back of your neck are guaranteed to stand to attention. Music filled with love and not a little wit. --Sid Smith

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4.0 out of 5 stars Lush, nostalgic indie-folk 5 Feb 2009
Format:Audio CD
Matt Ward has been quietly releasing albums of hushed folk music since 1999, but the time seems right for the world to start paying attention. 'Hold Time' sees him return to solo work after last year's collaboration with actress Zooey Deschanel as She & Him, and while he's still treading his same familiar territory, he's confirmed his status as one of the very finest old-timey troubadours.

Ward's music has a timeless quality - the fingerpicked acoustic guitar and analogue recording gives the album the same warmth that made Fleet Foxes' debut so universally loved. On `Hold Time' he sounds more than ever like a true master of his craft by pairing the formula with some of his best songs yet. The lushly-orchestrated title track is breathtaking - "I wrote this song about it/'Cos I didn't care about any worthless photographs", he sighs into the strings, his heartbroken drawl suggesting that moment is long gone.

Elsewhere, the songwriting is mostly good enough to hold up to the brave choice of covers (versions of `50s standards `Rave On' and `Oh Lonesome Me' are both solid if hardly revolutionary). `One Hundred Million Years' stands out for its beautiful guitarwork, and the strangely optimistic reflections about death on `Blake's View' reveal a new depth and variety to his lyrics. Occasionally though, he crosses the fine line into unremarkable pastiche. 'Never Had Nobody Like You' and `Fisher Of Men' are fun, simplistic rockabilly tunes but they feel somewhat unnecessary when they're in such good company. There's really no need for one-dimensional imitations of classic songwriters when he's so close to becoming one himself.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice, nice, nice 11 Feb 2009
Format:Audio CD
Like a smooth port, M Ward's timeless music sinks down very nicely indeed. Versatile and accomplished musician as he is, he also has a good ear for a catchy melody, and on this album, he has restored some classic songs with his own polish, adding his own special magic.

Delicately strummed and picked guitar, Ward's understated voice and harmonies float like a distant summer memory. Track 4, 'Hold Time', with strings, particularly sets the mood. Buddy Holly's 'Rave on' then kicks in, which although doesn't have the tempo of the original, has nice guitar flourishes added and subtle harmonies from friends.

Pleasant folky, 50s style songs fill the next few tracks, taking us to the next cracking cover, Neil Young's 'Oh lonesome me'. If you are a fan of Lucinda Williams, you will love this track, as she adds background vocals, in her cracked voice. Slow, meditating, melancholic and gorgeous - a superb rendition.

Four more worthy track's, including track 14's Link Wray/Friends of Dean Martinez sounding instumental indicates there's a great soundtrack or two in M Ward's locker.

An excellent addition to his ever growing (7 or 8?) catalogue of albums. You wont be disappointed with a purchase.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good suprise 18 July 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Bought this completely off the back of my Amazon recommendations and really enjoying it- particularly rave on track, really makes me happy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love the pastiche 17 April 2011
Format:Audio CD
Has nobody else noticed that the Hold Time title track is pure Dino Valente.And that's no bad thing.I dug out Just for Love etc.M Ward doesn't need the twin guitars.He's got Buddy Holly working for him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another masterpiece 31 May 2009
Format:Audio CD
I found this slightly facile on first listen, but now I think it's brilliant. Astonishing cover of "Rave On". Elements of Iggy Pop (Nightclubbing), Philip Glass, Brian Eno (The Drop) filter through, or maybe that's just me hearing things. Anyway, the four stars on offer from other reviewers seem quite mean and likely to understate to Amazon viewers the genius and fun of this album.
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