Megan Slankard | A Token of the Wreckage

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A Token of the Wreckage

by Megan Slankard

Megan fulfills the promise of earlier works. A big, beautiful, ambitious, career-defining album, Token features a song cycle about coming to terms with growing up and moving forward that's moving and reflective but ultimately celebratory and triumphant.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. A Token of the Wreckage
5:20 $0.99
2. Fair Enough and Farewell
4:01 $0.99
3. Our Little Secret
3:24 $0.99
4. The Tragic Life of Caleb
3:40 $0.99
5. My Obsession with Bees
3:32 $0.99
6. The Happy Birthday
3:21 $0.99
7. The Pain of Growing Up
3:57 $0.99
8. Soundtrack
2:48 $0.99
9. Beautiful Makeshift
4:18 $0.99
10. The Last Thing You Say
3:58 $0.99
11. You and Your Bright Ideas
4:16 $0.99
12. Show Up
5:09 $0.99
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Album Notes
Packed with unforgettable melodies, inspired performances, and featuring world-class production, A Token Of The Wreckage, Megan Slankard's third album, is the result of a three-year journey. Since the release of her last full-length album six years ago, Megan's life has changed in almost every respect, both personally and professionally. Her experiences and insights are chronicled in the songs of Token, an album about growing up and facing the world. Written as the country has seesawed between hope and dejection, between optimism and fear, the album features characters who are battered but unbroken. Token was recorded with Megan's outstanding band, and with help of members of Counting Crows, Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express, and Train.

"...full-bodied songs led by acoustic guitar and Slankard's sweet yet forceful voice."
– SF Weekly (4/2/11)

"She writes contemplative, well-crafted songs that hint at a career much larger than her singer-songwriter labeling would suggest."
– AZ Night Buzz (Tucson) (3/10/11)

"(4-Stars) Showcasing originality and embracing an astonishing story-telling technique, mixed with a sensational vocal ability, this record has really shone through..."
– Maverick Magazine (UK) (April 2011)

“These songs feature winding melodies and intricate arrangements and that silky smooth voice that already has fans around the world captivated…This album will no doubt solidify her place in the world of music.”
– (3/1/11)

“This young lady has everything that it takes to go as far as she desires. An outstanding alt-rock release from an artist that has talent to spare.”
– Planet Weekly (2/28/11)

“Megan Slankard's First New Album in Three Years is a Winner...You won’t regret hearing it and your life might even be a little better for the effort…It’s just a lovely, complete, wouldn’t-want-to-change-a-thing-about-it sound.”
– Rad Bennett, Soundstage! Xperience (2/22/11)

"...her expressive voice sells like shovels in a snowstorm."
– Roctober (2/20/11)

“Slankard is one of the most organic females growing in the present musical landscape…Those that pick up “A Token of the Wreckage” will be rewarded with an expressive and well-thought out album.”
– Ashley Wilson, The Mountain Times (2/17/11)

“If you're a fan of girlishly- voiced singers, Megan Slankard is worth a blind buy.”
– East Bay Express (2/16/11)

“I became a fan of Megan Slankard when hearing Freaky Little Story. Since then, Megan has furthered matured in her music and it shows. A Token of the Wreckage is a great album with heartfelt lyrics and terrific music. Megan has come yet a step closer to the international stardom that some, like me, feel she someday will have.”
– Bruce Von Stiers (2/7/11)



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Alan Monasch

“A Token of the Wreckage,” by Megan Slankard. Review by Alan Monasch
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Token of my appreciation
I love Megan and I love this album. Megan's voice is so beautiful and the melodies stay in my head long after the album has stopped playing. Can't wait to see where she goes from here.


Lyrically and musically, this collection of songs is brilliant. I've had it in my CD player for three weeks so far...


SO worth the wait. What a terrific album, start to finish. A candidate for best album of the year.

M. Corsaro

Simply Amazing
I had the pleasure of seeing Megan and the Band in SF on Saturday and they were drop dead, Absolutely INCREDIBLE !!! Whether seeing Megan perform alone or with the whole band, the charisma just can not be matched.

I've listened to the new record quite a few times and I just can't adequately express how powerfully amazing it is. The lyricism, the orchestration, the musicianship... it's all so amazing. I am completely impressed with every part of this record.

troy shadbolt

a feast after a six year famine.
Some artists fall into a rut; they find a niche and stick with it. Megan Slankard is not that type of artist. With "A Token of the Wreckage", Megan's four release and third full-length production, she has evolved and is finally hitting her stride. From a young girl with a guitar, she developed the ability to fully orchestrate a song with nothing but her own hands and voice, but even that was too limiting for this artist. Now with a stable backing band of Danny Blau on rhythm guitar and keyboards, Kyle Caprista on percussion and backing vocals, James Deprato on lead guitar and bay area stalwart Jeff Symonds laying down solid bass lines Megan has the ability to fully realize the orchestration she hears in her head.

Many songs found on "Token" have been part of her live repertoire for three or more years, making them sound effortless even when wrapped in lilting guitars, complex harmonies and solid percussion while Megan's voice floats above. The overall effect is well engineered, if slightly restrained in comparison to a live performance.

For the Megan fan, "Token" represents a satisfying meal after a six year famine and those new to this artist will find it an excellent introduction.

Jim Albright

At Last!
This long awaited fourth offering from Megan Slankard is her best yet. Soaring vocals, though provoking lyrics, and stunning musical compositions. One of the best female singer / songwriters ever. No collection is complete without this album.