Transistor Radio

Album Review of Transistor Radio by M. Ward.

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Transistor Radio

M. Ward

Transistor Radio by M. Ward

Release Date: Feb 22, 2005
Record label: Merge
Genre(s): Indie, Rock

80 Music Critic Score
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Transistor Radio - Very Good, Based on 2 Critics

AllMusic - 80
Based on rating 8/10

Listening to M. Ward's breezy ode to radio's forgotten heydays is a lot like taking in a huge breath of dust-bowl wind -- however, its charms are rooted in the hazy lemonade-sipping of summer rather than the great depression-obsession of the post-O Brother, Where Art Thou? mainstream. Ward's voice is a slap-delayed pastiche of Ron Sexsmith's easygoing croon and Andrew Bird's closed-mouth drawl, and like his front-porch fingerpicking, it's as effortless as it is effective.

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Dusted Magazine
Their review was positive

M. Ward is a young man with a startlingly well-developed sense of nostalgia. His enchantment with the past, only hinted at on earlier releases, blooms on Transistor Radio – from the sepia tones of the cover art to the title’s evocation of abandoned technology, even to the tinny sounds of obsolete transistor radios. His obsession with antiquity aside, Ward is also getting better with age.

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