Picks and Pans Main: Music

UPDATED 03/02/2009 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 03/02/2009 at 01:00 AM EST

M. Ward

Hold Time |

bgwhite bgwhite bgwhite  



ALT-FOLK
After a stint as the male half of She & Him (opposite actress Zooey Deschanel) on last year's Volume One, M. Ward returns to his regular solo gig. And while it's not quite up to the level of 2006's Post-War, Hold Time is another fine collection of evocative alt-folk from the singer-songwriter. Highlights include the dreamy opener, "For Beginners"; "Epistemology," which boasts both a light rock chug and a hint of twang; and the haunting, if all too brief, title track. Ward reunites with Deschanel on "Never Had Nobody Like You," one of the album's most upbeat moments. Best of all, though, is his duet with Lucinda Williams, "Oh Lonesome Me," an aching, country-tinged ballad on which her raspiness provides a sharp contrast to his wooziness.

Tina Dico

A Beginning, a Detour, an Open Ending |

bgwhite bgwhite bgwhite  



REVIEWED BY IVORY JEFF CLINTON

ALTFOLK
This Danish singer-songwriter offers a uniquely packaged three-EP box set of new material. It's a solid collection of confessional folk songs, many recorded during sessions for 2008's more rock-oriented Count to Ten. A better home is found here for "Some Other Day," a pensive look at social apathy, and "He Doesn't Know," the touching love-lost highlight. Occasionally bordering on glum, the trilogy gets a welcome jolt on Disc 3 with the rockabillyish "Security Check."

For more information on where to find our Download This picks, go to people.com/downloadthis

Your Reaction

Follow Us

On Newsstands Now

Robin Roberts: How Loved Saved Me
  • Robin Roberts: How Loved Saved Me
  • Emma and Andrew: All About Hollywood's Cutest Couple
  • Prince George! More Yummy Photos

Pick up your copy on newsstands

Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine

Advertisement

From Our Partners

Watch It

Editors' Picks

From Our Partners



Sign up for our daily newsletter and other special offers.
    Choose your newsletters
Thank you for signing up! Your request may take up to one week to be processed.
    see all newsletters