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5.0 out of 5 stars More magical stuff from Mr Ward
What a lovely record this is. It has much more of the feel of his previous efforts Transfiguration of Vincent and Transistor Radio in my opinion his best albums. 2009's Hold Time felt slightly like Ward was going through the motions at times and included some unremarkable songs such as Oh Lonesome Me and To Save Me. A Wasteland Companion is intriguingly sequenced,...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre collection
This is the first album I've bought by M. Ward and I'm not sure what to make of it! It's like a collection of B-sides from the sixties: second-rate songs, indifferent or poor recordings, awful reverb effects and artificially created distortion. It all seems to lack cohesion and direction. Having said that, I play it occasionally, possibly more as a nod to my love of...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More magical stuff from Mr Ward, 26 April 2012
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What a lovely record this is. It has much more of the feel of his previous efforts Transfiguration of Vincent and Transistor Radio in my opinion his best albums. 2009's Hold Time felt slightly like Ward was going through the motions at times and included some unremarkable songs such as Oh Lonesome Me and To Save Me. A Wasteland Companion is intriguingly sequenced, opening with lovely acoustic flutter of Clean Slate, it then moves to some high paced rock n roll, and almost Motown sounding soul songs (Primitive Girl, Sweetheart, Me & My Shadow, I Get Ideas) before it turns a sharp corner with The First Time I Ran Away, a beautifully complex song. The second half of the album then becomes slightly more weirder and at times ambient, but contains some absolutely stunning songs such as Wild Goose, Pure Joy and There's A Key, up there with the very best material he has written. This man keeps getting better, and if he strays off the road slightly sometimes, he's straight back on it soon enough.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars M. Ward does it again., 26 July 2012
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After a noticeable slump, M. Ward has returned with yet another amazing album, although Hold Time was a great album, I feel that it pales in comparison to Transistor Radio, Transfiguration Of Vincent and now A Wasteland Companion. In this album Ward brings you to that unknown place with a deep look into his soul and your own, this album at least for me has led to a surprising amount of introspection.

This is a must have for any and all Ward fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this now., 24 July 2014
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Awesome, just awesome.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre collection, 27 Oct 2013
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This is the first album I've bought by M. Ward and I'm not sure what to make of it! It's like a collection of B-sides from the sixties: second-rate songs, indifferent or poor recordings, awful reverb effects and artificially created distortion. It all seems to lack cohesion and direction. Having said that, I play it occasionally, possibly more as a nod to my love of sixties hits than a particular liking for these tracks.
"Clean Slate", "Primitive Girl" and "I Get Ideas" are all catchy tunes; "First time..." is pleasant; but the rest are less than average and the sixties-style production values suggest poor demo tapes rather than hit album material.
Listen to any 60's greatest hits albums from Britain or America, and you'll see the difference. (And the very high quality of many of the recordings, despite the analogue recording gear with all it's limitations, shows what could be achieved).
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