Hold Time Critics hailed his 2006 album, Post-War , but Portland singer-songwriter M. Ward is more famous as half of the feathery kitsch-pop duo She & Him,… Hold Time Critics hailed his 2006 album, Post-War , but Portland singer-songwriter M. Ward is more famous as half of the feathery kitsch-pop duo She & Him,… 2009-02-17 M. Ward Indie Rock
Music Review

Hold Time (2009)

Him without She M. Ward
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Him without She M. Ward
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Feb 17, 2009; Lead Performance: M. Ward; Genre: Indie Rock

Critics hailed his 2006 album, Post-War, but Portland singer-songwriter M. Ward is more famous as half of the feathery kitsch-pop duo She & Him, his recent pairing with doll-faced actress Zooey Deschanel. On his own, Ward is far more earthbound, but it's a singularly lovely kind of weight. And Hold Time does, in fact, feel timeless, a musical wanderer's dusty, train-hopping tour through folk, blues, and country. His voice, as beautifully cracked and worn as old leather, belies the meticulousness of the production — it takes a lot of work, no doubt, to sound this effortless. A–

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Originally posted Feb 11, 2009 Published in issue #1035 Feb 20, 2009 Order article reprints
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