Post-War

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Post-War
Post war.jpg
Studio album by M. Ward
Released August 22, 2006 (2006-08-22)
Studio Blue Rooms, Portland
Type Foundry, Portland
Wavelab, Tucson, Arizona
Presto!, Lincoln, Nebraska
Genre Folk rock
Length 37:35
Label Merge (US)
4AD (Europe)
M. Ward chronology
Transistor Radio
(2005)Transistor Radio2005
Post-War
(2006)
To Go Home
(2007)To Go Home2007
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 81/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
The A.V. Club A−[3]
Entertainment Weekly A[4]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[5]
The Independent 4/5 stars[6]
Mojo 4/5 stars[7]
Pitchfork 8.2/10[8]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[9]
Spin 3.5/5 stars[10]
Uncut 4/5 stars[11]

Post-War is the fifth studio album by M. Ward. It was released on August 22, 2006 by Merge Records. It features the single "To Go Home", a cover of a song written by Daniel Johnston. Guest appearances were made by Jim James of My Morning Jacket (who produced the track "Magic Trick"), Rachel Blumberg, drummer for the indie rock band The Decemberists, Neko Case, and Mike Mogis. Ward has said that the song "Today's Undertaking" was heavily inspired by Roy Orbison's 1963 single "In Dreams".

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Matt Ward except where noted.

  1. "Poison Cup" – 2:40
  2. "To Go Home" – 3:51 (Daniel Johnston)
  3. "Right in the Head" – 4:12
  4. "Post-War" – 4:55
  5. "Requiem" – 2:48
  6. "Chinese Translation" – 3:58
  7. "Eyes on the Prize" – 2:37
  8. "Magic Trick" – 1:43
  9. "Neptune's Net" – 2:06
  10. "Rollercoaster" – 2:48
  11. "Today's Undertaking" – 2:26
  12. "Afterword/Rag" – 3:32
  13. "Chinese Translation" (enhanced video)

Personnel[edit]

  • M. Ward – guitars, voice, keys, chimes on 4
  • Mike Coykendall – bass, percussion on 4, 10, voice on 6, 7, 10, drums on 1, 8, harp on 8
  • Jordan Hudson– drums on 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, percussion on 7
  • Rachel Blumberg – drums on 2, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12, voice on 12
  • Mike Mogis – timpani on 1, 11, mandolin on 3, chimes on 9, 11, cymbal on 9, 11, 12, triangle on 9, Omnichord on 11, Chamberlin on 12
  • Amanda Lawrence – violin, viola on 1, 11
  • Jim James – voice on 6, 8, guitar on 8
  • Skip Von Kuske – cello, bass on 1
  • Neko Case – voice on 2

Charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[12] 28
US Billboard 200[13] 146
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[14] 7
US Top Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[15] 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Reviews for Post-War by M. Ward". Metacritic. Retrieved June 27, 2016. 
  2. ^ Monger, James Christopher. "Post-War – M. Ward". AllMusic. Retrieved June 27, 2016. 
  3. ^ Murray, Noel (August 30, 2006). "M. Ward: Post-War". The A.V. Club. Retrieved June 27, 2016. 
  4. ^ Kot, Greg (August 25, 2006). "Post-War". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 27, 2016. 
  5. ^ Salmon, Chris (September 1, 2006). "M Ward, Post-War". The Guardian. Retrieved June 27, 2016. 
  6. ^ Gill, Andy (September 1, 2006). "Album: M Ward". The Independent. Archived from the original on October 12, 2008. Retrieved June 27, 2016. 
  7. ^ "M. Ward: Post-War". Mojo (155): 111. October 2006. 
  8. ^ Tangari, Joe (August 30, 2006). "M. Ward: Post-War". Pitchfork. Retrieved June 27, 2016. 
  9. ^ Hoard, Christian (August 10, 2006). "M. Ward: Post-War". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on April 8, 2008. Retrieved June 27, 2016. 
  10. ^ Peisner, David (September 2006). "M. Ward: Post-War". Spin. 22 (9): 114. Retrieved June 27, 2016. 
  11. ^ "M. Ward: Post-War". Uncut (113): 133. October 2006. 
  12. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – M. Ward – Post-War". Hung Medien. Retrieved June 27, 2016.
  13. ^ "M. Ward Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved June 27, 2016.
  14. ^ "M. Ward Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved June 27, 2016.
  15. ^ "M. Ward Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved June 27, 2016.