More Rain

M. Ward - More Rain
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2016 Ratings: #504 / 877
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Based on 40 ratings
2016 Ratings: #587
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March 4, 2016 / Release Date
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A.V. Club
Ultimately, there are no true complaints to be found with this album. M. Ward took his usual formula and added a few new elements to prevent the proceedings from growing stale. The result is an album that rocks out a little more than its predecessors, while not giving up the factors that made Ward’s music so great to begin with.
Entertainment Weekly

On More Rain, the eighth LP under his own name, the singer-songwriter returns with 12 enthralling, world-weary meditations—some of his best yet.


Within Ward's canon, More Rain may not work overtime to distinguish itself, but like nearly all of his releases, it's a companionable listen with a lot of craft hidden under its layers.

Drowned in Sound

As one would expect, the 12 brief songs on M. Ward’s More Rain hit, plow, and bulldoze their way right into the sweet-spot of joyous existential-wonderment.

Under The Radar

More Rain really is a special kind of listen. And, yes, you could argue that these songs are not far removed from the places Ward has taken us before. But that's not the kind of songwriter M. Ward is. His consistency keeps us safe, it keeps us special, it keeps us together.


It’s a brief (12 tracks in under 40 minutes) encapsulation of a particular world view, all unabashed romanticism and guileless honesty, impeccably produced and pitched so up-close and personal that on “Phenomenon”, you can hear Ward’s wet mouth on the mic.

The Line of Best Fit

On his eighth solo studio album, More Rain, Ward once again taps into the familiar echoes of musical history, crafting a breezy, uptempo collection of tracks that show off his songwriting talents as well as his wide array of influences.


In these subtler moments, Ward's genius is undeniable; if he employs more of that lighter touch on his follow-up, it'll be the classic that More Rain falls just shy of being.


As much as More Rain might suggest dim lighting and general gloom, Ward actually gives us a fun ride through a series of meditations, character studies, and temptations and confessions until it feels like a well-earned (and non-escapist) escape.

The 405

More Rain is a graceful, though somewhat unrewarding member of that career. He's talented and experienced enough to do as he pleases, however, and it's difficult to remember that in the album's short, often candy-coated bursts of energy.

The Skinny

Ambling confidently from style to style, More Rain finds Ward playing genre bingo with generally enjoyable results, including a tasteful homage to T. Rex and a well-handled country number about his Christian faith.


Though it’s mostly a pleasant record, there’s not much from it that sticks around long after listening—for all the talk of deluge, More Rain manages to wash itself away.

Consequence of Sound

The pop songs don’t pop like those on his last solo full-length, A Wasteland Companion. Instead, the melodies wither, the choruses refuse to stick, and the prose doesn’t crackle. This is pure ’70s pastiche, surface-level appropriation with little lying beneath to make the exercise worthwhile.

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album cohesion: 8
album originality: 4

total = 69%
"More Rain", suena constantemente como un disco terapéutico, una donde se puede ver a través de los momentos más oscuros para cuando las nubes comienzan a desaparecer. Gran parte del álbum trata de proporcionar la búsqueda de esa sensación de confort y serenidad.

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Track List

  1. [More Rain]
  2. Pirate Dial
  3. Time Won't Wait
  4. Confession
  5. I'm Listening (Child's Theme)
  6. Girl From Conejo Valley
  7. Slow Driving Man
  8. You're So Good to Me
  9. Temptation
  10. Phenomenon
  11. Little Baby
  12. I'm Going Higher
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