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Duets for Guitar #2 (2024 Reissue)

by M. Ward
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Duet for Guitars #2 introduced us to M. Ward’s characteristic rasp and fingerpicking prowess. More minimal in scope than future records, the songs run the gamut from lullabies to rocking declarations of love. Released on Co-Dependent Records in 1999, one of the initial 1,000 copies found its way to Howe Gelb, who re-released it in 2000 on Ow Om. It went out of print and remained a hard-to-find piece of the M. Ward catalog until 2007, when it was reissued on Merge with three new tracks. More than an origin story, Duet for Guitars #2 is a beautiful, assured album that is sure to make lo-fi and Americana aficionados swoon, to say nothing of M. Ward fans new and old.

In 2003, everything broke open for Ward with the release of Transfiguration of Vincent. Critically lauded and long beloved, Pitchfork hailed it as an album that “broadcasts timelessness and defies genre constraints,” and Slant placed it on their list of the best albums of the 2000s. On Transfiguration of Vincent, Ward’s elegant fingerpicking, evocative croon, and heartrending lyricism came into full bloom, casting a spell so powerful that even a song as universal as David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” felt not only new but irrevocably his. One of the most cherished albums in the Merge catalog, Transfiguration of Vin- cent is both a great place to begin your love affair with M. Ward and a deep, stunningly realized work that listeners have returned to over and over again for 20 years.

Released: January 2023
Cat: MRG301
Label: Merge

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Tracklist

SIDE A

1. Duet for Guitars #2
2. Beautiful Car
3. Fishing Boat Song
4. Scene from #12
5. Good News
6. The Crooked Spine
7. Look Me Over

SIDE B

8. Who May Be Lazy
9. It Won’t Happen Twice
10. He Asked Me to Be a Snake & Live Underground
11. Song from Debby’s Stairs
12. It Was a Beautiful Car
13. Were You There?
14. Not a Gang
15. Duet for Guitars #1

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