Ghost On Ghost (LP)


Iron & Wine

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Amoeba Review

04/15/2013

Even with ornate instrumentation, jazzy interludes and an overall fuller sound, Iron & Wine’s Samuel Beam still sounds like he’s singing private lullabies, sometimes bracingly intimate while retaining a universality that gives them a Biblical, eternal feel. “Caught in the Briars” opens the album in a sort of Van Morrison Astral Weeks fashion, turning the quiet balladeer into a jazzy crooner. Echoey blues ballad “The Desert Babbler” applies that feel to a more traditional Iron & Wine song, while “Joy” turns it back around with funky bass and sly saxophone, with Beam’s smooth vocal giving the song a quiet storm feel. Despite the album’s downcast opening, Beam turns his newfound soulfulness upward for “Low Light Buddy of Mine,” a singsongy, upbeat revival of sorts that still feels very Iron & Wine and will please any longtime fan. Like Cat Power, another neo-folk artist who turned her sound toward jazz and soul, Iron & Wine’s new record and sound may require fans to adjust their frequencies a bit to grow accustomed to the album’s choirs, vibraphones and jazzy intonations, but when they do, they’ll be rewarded with an entirely new facet to Iron & Wine’s sound that retains the folk wisdom and rootsy sound Beam has forged over numerous releases. It’s the rare artist who will turn over a new leaf successfully this snugly into a robust career, and Beam has done so remarkably on Ghost on Ghost. Read More


Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Caught In The Briars
Iron & Wine 03:12
2.
The Desert Babbler
Iron & Wine 03:27
3.
Joy
Iron & Wine 02:31
4.
Low Light Buddy Of Mine
Iron & Wine 03:30
5.
Graces For Saints And Ramblers
Iron & Wine 03:36
6.
Grass Windows
Iron & Wine 02:53
7.
Singers And The Endless Song
Iron & Wine 03:39


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Sundown (Back In The Briars)
Iron & Wine 02:18
2.
Winter Prayers
Iron & Wine 03:12
3.
New Mexico's No Breeze
Iron & Wine 04:28
4.
Lovers' Revolution
Iron & Wine 05:40
5.
Baby Center Stage
Iron & Wine 05:55

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