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Lovely Invalids

by Ward White

New York City songwriter Ward White creates vivid musical short stories that reside somewhere in the scrubland between Ray Davies and Wilco.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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1. Don't Look At Me
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2. The Wake
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3. One Of The Good Ones
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4. Never Let You Go
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5. Parked On The Curb
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Album Notes
New York City songwriter Ward White creates vivid musical short stories that refuse to be pigeonholed. Residing somewhere in the scrubland between Ray Davies and Wilco, Ward's lyrical imagery celebrates doomed relationships, broken promises, and everything else that makes life worth living.

Ward's latest EP, Lovely Invalids, shows an artist "at the peak of his lyrical powers" (Alan Young, Trifecta Newsletter), deftly showcasing the talents of his crack backing band, featuring Aaron Keane (bass) & Noah Simon (drums). Ward began his collaboration with musician /producers Keane & Simon during an educational but unfulfilling stint in the employ of artist management firm AGF Entertainment (Shawn Colvin, Suzanne Vega), where the trio produced two projects: a 1998 EP, Artificial Light, and the full length Medicine in 2000. After honing their production chops at AGF's Shelter Island Sound, Keane and Simon went on to helm the console at NYC's Jarvis Productions for artists ranging from U2 to Jesse Malin to Grammy winning songwriter Jesse Harris.

Over the last five years Ward has developed his live act on the East Village circuit, with regular shows at the likes of Luna Lounge, Arlene Grocery and CB's Gallery. During that time he has had the pleasure of sharing stages with Dan Bern, Scout, Daniel Johnston, Clem Snide, Patti Rothberg and countless others.

The songs that make up Lovely Invalids are short, direct and concise -- no ambient noodling or lo-fi wankery here -- just lyrics imbued with a distinct literary sensibility, bolstered by the easy push and pull of a band in its prime.

Challenging the notion of the 3-minute pop song as a vehicle for cliché, Ward White invites the listener to actually listen.

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Americana UK

Excellent stuff!
Ward White “Lovely Invalids” (Independent 2004)

Quirky pop music is the stock in trade on this EP from Ward White. Opener ‘Don’t Look at Me’ is derivative but has just enough melody to keep it interesting. ‘The Wake’ is a beautiful, if not entirely serious ditty (I hope) about killing someone. ‘One of the Good Ones’ has a great chorus, both lyrically and melodically, and is probably the strongest cut on the EP. ‘Never Let You Go’ continues the theme of punchy melodies and wry lyrics. Closing track, ‘Parked on the Curb’ is the most laid back song on offer here but still the song writing remains strong. Ward White has released a well produced EP containing very strong material. It will be interesting to hear if he can sustain this level of performance across an entire album. Excellent stuff! DW
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New York Press


On his new CD Lovely Invalids, Ward White comes across as something of a musical John Cheever, sardonically skewering soulless Manhattan careerists, self-centered squeezes and sell-outs of every stripe. The music falls somewhere between Wilco and early Bowie, punctuated by White’s fast, incisive lead guitar and keyboardist Amy Schneider’s warm, fluid organ fills. Fans of Elvis Costello, Matt Keating and anybody who misses Lloyd Cole’s frequent shows here in the mid-90s should check him out.
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QueenoftheDamned

Caution: Addictive
I bought Lovely Invalids at the recommendation of a friend and figured it would be OK. Played it once and it didn't quite hit me, but thought "what the hell, let's go 'round again". Next thing I knew, I had the five song EP on repeat for the next six hours. Ward's voice is comforting and haunting at the same time and has a way of worming its way into you. The Wake is my favorite song on the album - it's light and oh so bitter all at the same time... like the best dirty joke you've ever heard. While Ward's website has free downloads, I'd recommend buying the disk just for that one.
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