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The new single from M. Ward's forthcoming album, MORE RAIN. (Merge Records & Bella Union)
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More Rain
Studio album by M. Ward
ReleasedMarch 4, 2016 (2016-03-04)
GenreAmericana, indie folk
M. Ward chronology

More Rain is the eighth studio album by American singer-songwriter M. Ward. The album was released on March 4, 2016 on Merge Records and Bella Union. More Rain is Ward's first solo album since 2012's A Wasteland Companion, having released Volume Three and Classics with Zooey Deschanel as She & Him in the interim as well as recording and producing other artists.


  • 1 Background
  • 2 Critical reception
  • 3 Track listing
  • 4 Personnel
  • 5 Charts
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links


Ward began working on More Rain in 2012, initially experimenting with layering his own vocals to create a doo-wop record. After collaborating with other artist on the record like Peter Buck, k.d. lang, Neko Case, and others, the sound of the album went in a different direction, described as “true gotta-stay-indoors, rainy-season record that looks upwards through the weather while reflecting on his past.”[1]

Critical reception

More Rain received a weighted average score of 72 out of 100, based on eleven critical reviews, by review aggregator Metacritic, indicating "generally favorable reviews."[4] A review in the April 2016 issue of Uncut said, "The lack of ironic twists is both slightly unsettling and hugely refreshing,"[5] and David Harvey of Record Collector called the album "a dreamy deluge."[6] Andrew Gordon of The Skinny said the album is "decisively easygoing," after saying, "If you’re scanning these pages for a record your granny might be into, this is the one."[7] Dean Van Nguyen of Consequence of Sound gave the album a D+, or a 33 out of 100 according to Metacritic, stating that, "All the expected points have been hit on More Rain, but the record comes off as slack and slapdash."[8]


  • M. Ward – vocals, guitar, mandolin, keyboards
  • Mike Coykendall – bass, guitar, percussion
  • Joey Spampinato – bass
  • Mark Powers – drums, percussion
  • Scott McPherson – drums, percussion
  • Mike Mogis – mandolin, pedal steel, Moog synthesizer
  • Nathaniel Walcott – flugelhorn
  • Paul Brainard – pedal steel, trumpet
  • Peter Buck – guitar, mandolin
  • Scott McCaughey – bass, guitar, organ
  • Susan Sanchez – backing vocals
  • The Secret Sisters – backing vocals
  • k.d. lang – backing vocals
  • Neko Case – backing vocals[9]


  1. ^ "M. Ward announces new album, More Rain, shares "Girl From Conejo Valley" — listen". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 2016-02-24. 
  2. ^ Mullin, Kyle (March 2, 2016). "M. Ward - More Rain". Exclaim!. Retrieved March 18, 2016. 
  3. ^ Hussey, Allison (March 11, 2016). "M. Ward: More Rain". Pitchfork. Retrieved April 11, 2016. 
  4. ^ "More Rain by M. Ward". Metacritic. Retrieved 2016-03-01. 
  5. ^ "Album Review". Uncut: 83. April 2016. 
  6. ^ "More Rain - Record Collector Magazine". Retrieved 2016-03-01. 
  7. ^ "M. Ward: More Rain - New album review - The Skinny". Retrieved 2016-03-01. 
  8. ^ "Album Review: M. Ward – More Rain". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 2016-03-02. 
  9. ^ "More Rain - M. Ward". AllMusic. Retrieved 11 February 2017. 
  10. ^ " – M. Ward – More Rain" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
  11. ^ " – M. Ward – More Rain" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
  12. ^ "M. Ward – Chart history" Billboard 200 for M. Ward. Retrieved March 15, 2016.
  13. ^ "M. Ward – Chart history" Billboard Top Alternative Albums for M. Ward.
  14. ^ "M. Ward – Chart history" Billboard Folk Albums for M. Ward.
  15. ^ "M. Ward – Chart history" Billboard Independent Albums for M. Ward.
  16. ^ "M. Ward – Chart history" Billboard Top Rock Albums for M. Ward.
  17. ^ "M. Ward – Chart history" Billboard Top Tastemaker Albums for M. Ward.
  18. ^ "M. Ward – Chart history" Billboard Vinyl Albums for M. Ward.

External links

  • M. Ward's official homepage
  • More Rain on Merge Records

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