Taking Sides - M. Ward vs. Little Wings

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Which side does ILM take on these two folky solo acts?

Grace Schusster-Keynes, Wednesday, 1 February 2006 18:00 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

man, little wings in a split-second. at least the guy has like three or maybe FOUR different songs. M Ward makes me doze immediatley.

sean gramophone (Sean M), Wednesday, 1 February 2006 18:25 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

M. Ward

Little Wings is too precious. M. Ward may be a classicist, but he's an inventive guitarist and a decent lyricist.

Brooker Buckingham (Brooker B), Wednesday, 1 February 2006 21:51 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

M Ward makes me want to kill myself. I haven't heard Little Wings, but can I choose that anyway. I choose preciousness, I don't want to die!

Susan Douglas (Susan Douglas), Wednesday, 1 February 2006 22:14 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Is M. Ward really that depressing? He makes Sean want to doze and Susan want to kill herself?

I really don't get that vibe off of him. His voice is very world-weary - is that it?

Brooker Buckingham (Brooker B), Thursday, 2 February 2006 02:52 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

no Brooker, he just bores me profoundly. strangely, depression never makes me suicidal-probably b/c i enjoy it.

Susan Douglas (Susan Douglas), Thursday, 2 February 2006 04:33 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

ah, a good one - two artists I

1. loved the first time i heard them, 2. own every record by, and 3. have grown extremely bored of in a shockingly abrupt way recently

little wings have spawned some really fucking horrible imitators - Thanksgiving, anyone? - while M Ward made the blandest, most disappointing record of 2005. M Ward was great live though, and I still like Little Wings' Light Green Leaves LP. So..tie, man. Tie.

beachbody, Thursday, 2 February 2006 09:01 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

m. ward, along with destroyer, is one of the most under-appreciated artists around today. he has yet to release an album that is anything but excellent. i am seeing him this friday at the warsaw in brooklyn. most-dissapointing albums? transistor radio? that's just silly-nilly! i think it's a beautiful record.

little wings is weak, i think. whiny. blaugh.

m. ward, no question.

rockaction (rockaction), Thursday, 2 February 2006 17:28 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I've seen M Ward a couple of times and in a quiet, intimate venue there's few to rival him. That Waits esque croon and beautiful finger picking are deeply seductive. His last album was a disappointment though and he recycled a lot of the melodies he used on previous albums and just altered the tempo a little. Maybe he should try and beef up his sound a little a la Sufjan Stevens because there was definitely a feel of 'where does he go from here?' on Transistor Radio.

peshwari (I_Zimbra), Thursday, 2 February 2006 17:55 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

twelve years pass...

nothing wrong with this ward guy at all tbh

gneb farts (darraghmac), Friday, 11 May 2018 21:04 (ten months ago) Permalink

was really into 'transfiguration of vincent' when that came out, didn't keep up with him after that, can't remember why not. but that one album was really good, bowie cover and all

i'm surprised to see your screwface at the door (NickB), Friday, 11 May 2018 21:09 (ten months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

The new M. Ward album ("What a Wonderful Industry") is very good!

Dinsdale, Wednesday, 4 July 2018 05:00 (eight months ago) Permalink

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