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“More Rain”


More Rain, Ward’s eighth solo af­fair, finds the artist pick­ing up the tempo and vol­ume a bit from his pre­vi­ous re­lease, 2012’s A Waste­land Com­pan­ion. Where that record in­tro­spec­tively looked in from the out­side, More Rain finds Ward on the in­side, gaz­ing out. Be­gun four years ago and imag­ined ini­tially as a DIY doo-wop al­bum that would fea­ture Ward ex­per­i­ment­ing with lay­er­ing his own voice, it soon branched out in dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions, a move that he cred­its largely to his col­lab­o­ra­tors here who in­clude R.E.M.’s Peter Buck, Neko Case, k.d. lang, The Se­cret Sis­ters, and Joey Spamp­inato of NRBQ. The re­sult is a col­lec­tion of up­beat, son­i­cally am­bi­tious yet canon­i­cally fa­mil­iar songs that both pro­pel Ward’s reach and sat­isfy long­time fans.

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