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Migration Stories

M. Ward

Migration Stories

Tenth album from the Californian indie/folk singer-songwriter recorded in Quebec with Arcade Fire's Tim Kingsbury and Richard Reed Parry and with production from The Suburbs engineer Craig Silvey

ADM rating[?]

7.1

Label
Epitaph
UK Release date
03/04/2020
US Release date
03/04/2020
  1. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    On Migration Stories, M. Ward doesn't change the way he delivers his material as much as he alters the way it reverberates once it hits you
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  2. 8.0 |   Uncut

    The result is one of his most varied but distinct albums. Print edition only

  3. 8.0 |   Q

    Ward continues to set a standard few other artists can match. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   DIY

    It might be his most impressionistic yet
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  5. 8.0 |   American Songwriter

    Tastefully arranged, fully cohesive and concise, Migration Stories may well be M. Ward’s best bid for wider recognition, given that his soft spoken sentiments offer some assuring affirmation during these decidedly troubled times
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  6. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    With this latest project, M. Ward paints a sequence of tableaus which are strung together as a patched-up pilgrimage
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  7. 7.2 |   Pitchfork

    The dusty twang of M. Ward’s guitar and his whispered singing paint a picture of souls in transition, hinting at the reasons people choose to leave their country for another
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  8. 7.0 |   No Ripcord

    Some of the arrangements stick, and some of them don't, but it's always enjoyable to hear where his open-ended narratives take you
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  9. 7.0 |   music OMH

    Migration Stories is a slight album, and a brisk listen – but it is a totally accomplished project
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  10. 7.0 |   Long Live Vinyl

    Effortless beauty
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  11. 7.0 |   All Music

    He doesn't skimp on quality and there is plenty to love about this latest entry in his impressive catalog
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  12. 6.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Serves our grounded era even if its lyrics sometimes stand in contrast to its aural prettiness
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  13. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    The vocals are perpetually reverbed and the guitars are always twangy, but on his 10th studio album, the singer-songwriter stretches his legs a little
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  14. 6.0 |   Mojo

    It's a beautiful warm bath of a record, but a soporific one too, better suited for wallowing within, rather than getting you moving. Print edition only


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