Archive for February, 2011

Iron & Wine / Kiss Each Other Clean

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Kiss Each Other Clean

Samuel Beam (born July 26, 1974), better known by his stage and recording name Iron & Wine, is an American singer-songwriter. He has released four studio albums, several EPs and singles, as well as a few download-only releases, which include a live album (a recording of his 2005 Bonnaroo performance). He occasionally tours with a full band.[1]

Beam was raised in South Carolina before moving to Florida to attend school and now resides outside of Austin, Texas. The name Iron & Wine is taken from a dietary supplement named “Beef Iron & Wine” that he found in a general store while shooting a film.

The Analysis:

Walking Far From Home—-Giving you a vocal from almost the very first strain of music, the track is wrapped in a familiar melancholy that allows you a very comfortable emotion. The overlays…the oohs and aahs give the song a body and feel that raise goosebumps all over your body. This is beautifully landscaped Folk music with an accessible edge that takes you away from this time with little effort!

Me And Lazarus—-With a bit more of an upbeat sound, the remarkable bass line has a nice funk feel to it that allows you to move your head and find a groove. The vocal is amazingly comfortable and familiar…causing you to think of 1000 other voices but still distinguished be a nice unique phrasing. This is a joy…the song has a saxophone solo that is die for…one of my favorites on this release!

Tree By The River—-Returning to a more somber sound, the drums that introduce the song give you a feeling of isolation and loneliness. The vocal enters and you are reminded of a track or two from The Wall….the full voice begins and you feel your lips curl into a smile…this is magical…another of those songs I keep listening to over and over…..this is spectacular…..

Monkeys Uptown—-This is a bit different for me…the backdrop of the song is bass heavy and full of an electronic beat that surprises me. The voice enters and makes me comfortable once more…making me calm a bit despite the surprising percussion. Not a favorite track…but still sticks to the general formula of the band’s history.

Half Moon—-Now….this is nice!!! Delivered with a slight Country/Folk feel this is laden with a remarkable emotion and almost over-powering realism to the music. This is what I have been craving for the past few weeks…that slight Alt-Country feel…with nice steel guitar…laidback backing vocals and a layered lead that makes you feel lonely…just wonderful!!!

Rabbit Will Run—-This is wonderful….from the very first notes…reminding me of a slight Low sound…a male Indigo Girls and a remarkable Jackson Brown memory….who could ever ask for more. The music is exotic and mystical…delivered with all kinds of foreign sounds that come together to create a huge masterpiece of layered sounds…this is wonderful!!!!

Godless Brother In Love—-Gosh….this just makes me ache…reminding me of the best of Conor, Jim James and M. Ward….I am left with an almost permanent smile om my face as I wallow in the familiar melancholy that surrounds the song….I turn back to this time and time again…this will make you feel grounded…even if you are on the top of the world…because…..Music Matters!!!!

Big Burned Hand—-Not one of my favorite tracks….all of the ‘world horns’ kind of get on my nerves and is so differential from anything else of the record…it just does not gel with me….I hope this is not a planned progressive sound….!!!!

Glad Man Singing—-Delivering one of those New Millennium Folk sounds that will live forever, the overlayed vocals give the song a huge almost angelic feel. The track delivers a warm blanket feel that makes me happy and sad at the same time…a remarkable emotion…that only evokes goosebumps through my entire body……

Your Fake Name Is Good Enough For Me—-A Facebook song title if I ever heard one……This is exquisite. This is delivered with a great funk bass line and horns that automatically make me think of the late 70’s sound. The voice is familiar, but the sound is all classic Toto and brings to mind the great classics of soft radio…so the release leaves me with a smile and much to chew on…something I will return to over and over again……

**** 1/2 out of 5