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Format: CD
Sku: 60590292
UPC: 036172952328
UPC 14: 00036172952328
Release Date: 3/18/2003
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Transfiguration #1 ~ M. Ward
2. Vincent O'Brien ~ M. Ward
3. Sad, Sad Song ~ M. Ward
4. Undertaker ~ M. Ward
5. Duet For Guitars #3 ~ M. Ward
6. Outta My Head ~ M. Ward
7. Involuntary ~ M. Ward
8. Helicopter ~ M. Ward
9. Poor Boy, Minor Key ~ M. Ward
10. Fool Says ~ M. Ward
11. Get To The Table On Time ~ M. Ward
12. Voice At The End Of The Line, A ~ M. Ward
13. Dead Man ~ M. Ward
14. Let's Dance ~ M. Ward
15. Transfiguration #2 ~ M. Ward
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel includes: M. Ward, Howe Gelb, Adam Selzer, Kate Simer.
Muze PNote Personnel: M. Ward (guitar, piano); Adam Selzer (mandolin); Adam (drums).
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: M. Ward.
Muze PNote Recording information: Mike Cogkendall's Attic.
Muze PNote Unknown Contributor Role: H. Brooks.
Muze PNote Every once in a while you run across a record that--though at first it seems innocuous and rather low-profile--begins, with repeated listens, to seep into your consciousness and become (slowly, steadily) part of your cellular structure. M. Ward's TRANSFIGURATION OF VINCENT is one such record. Evocative, unique, and uncommonly powerful, M. Ward is a singer/songwriter with a penchant for American roots sounds, a knack for memorable melodies, and a stunning ability to translate emotion through his vivid, detail-rich lyrics and understated delivery.
Muze PNote While the quality of the music alone would be enough to recommend this album, there is something else afoot here too. The songs on VINCENT feel as if they've grown directly out of the earth's soil and are being transmitted from the 1930s over an old Emerson radio. There is a sepia-toned quality to Ward's music that evokes screen doors and lantern-light, a vibe that somehow fits perfectly with his surrealist tendencies. From the melancholic stomp of "Sad, Sad Song" to the whirling shuffle of "Helicopter" to the achingly beautiful cover of David Bowie's "Let's Dance," there isn't a misstep here, and the whole thing adds up to a quiet little masterpiece of an album.

Engineer: Adam; M. Ward

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Howe Gelb
Muze Guest Artist Adam Selzer

Artist Overview

Singer/songwriter M. Ward, a protege of Giant Sand leader Howe Gelb, made a splash on the indie-rock scene in the early-to-mid-2000s, despite being closer in spirit to John Fahey (guitar-wise) and Bob Dylan (in songwriting style) than to any alt-rockers. Ward's laconic, blues-and-folk-inflected style offered a slightly more roots-conscious alternative to contemporaneous indie-folk peers like Iron & Wine, and he earned a steady following for his sharply written, modestly presented songs.

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations I Am the Resurrection: A Tribute to John Fahey
Muze Music Compilations True Blood:Volume 2 (Music from the Series) (Soundtrack)
Muze Music Compilations Featuring
Muze Music Compilations Winnie The Pooh (Ost)

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 03/18/2003
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2003
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 223
Music Label Name Label : Merge
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00036172952328

Professional Reviews

Uncut (6/03, p.93)
- 4 stars out of 5 - "...Another masterclass in deft guitar picking, smudged with piano, harmonica and a voice like honey drizzled onto a dry creekbed..."

CMJ (03/17/03, p.7)
- "...A masterfully performed, traditionally arranged collection of songs, deeply rooted in both folk and country..."

Mojo (Publisher)
(5/03, p.102)
- 4 stars out of 5 - "...Interspersed with John Fahey-ish instrumentals, these delicately crafted songs are entirely bewitching....Heady and endearing stuff..."

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