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on 27 October 2013
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).