Hold Time (album)

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Hold Time
Studio album by M. Ward
Released February 17, 2009 (2009-02-17)
Genre Alternative, folk
Length 42:40
Label Merge, 4AD
Producer M. Ward
M. Ward chronology
To Go Home EP
(2007)String Module Error: Match not found2007
Hold Time
A Wasteland Companion
(2012)A Wasteland Companion2012
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 79/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Robert Christgau (3-star Honorable Mention)[2]
Consequence of Sound 4/5 stars link
Drowned in Sound 4.5/5 stars link
Pitchfork (6.8/10) link
PopMatters 8/10 stars link
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars link
Slant Magazine 4/5 stars link
Spin 3.5/5 stars link
Tiny Mix Tapes 3.5/5 stars link
KPSU 8/10 stars link

Hold Time is the sixth proper studio album from M. Ward, released on February 17, 2009. Hold Time is the follow-up to his 2006 album Post-War and its companion EP To Go Home in 2007.

Hold Time includes guest performances by Jason Lytle of the band Grandaddy, Lucinda Williams, Tom Hagerman of DeVotchKa, and She & Him co-contributor Zooey Deschanel. The album includes a cover of the Buddy Holly song "Rave On". A streaming preview was made available through NPR before the album's release.[3] M. Ward also made an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman on February 17, 2009.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "For Beginners" – 2:47
  2. "Never Had Nobody Like You" (Featuring Zooey Deschanel) – 2:26
  3. "Jailbird" – 2:31
  4. "Hold Time" – 3:05
  5. "Rave On" (Featuring Zooey Deschanel) (Norman Petty, Bill Tilghman, Sonny West) – 3:35
  6. "To Save Me" (Featuring Jason Lytle)– 3:01
  7. "One Hundred Million Years" – 2:11
  8. "Stars of Leo" – 3:18
  9. "Fisher of Men" – 3:12
  10. "Oh Lonesome Me" (Featuring Lucinda Williams) (Don Gibson) – 6:05
  11. "Epistemology" – 3:49
  12. "Blake's View" – 2:29
  13. "Shangri-La" – 2:20
  14. "Outro (AKA: I'm a Fool to Want You)" (Joel Herron, Frank Sinatra, Jack Wolf) – 3:47



Chart (2009) Peak
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[4] 33
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[5] 31
US Billboard 200[6] 31
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[7] 7
US Digital Albums (Billboard)[8] 6
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[9] 1
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[10] 10
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard)[11] 2