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Iron and Wine
The Creek Drank the Cradle

This music is almost not of this time - it is like a treasure uncovered in an archaeological dig which tells of history and things long forgotten. Iron and Wine is a one-man band (Sam Beam wrote, performed and recorded the entire album), and perhaps that is the only way this sort of intimacy could be achieved.

Whispered vocals convey vivid and personal lyrics over an acoustic guitar and banjo. It is a soft, laid-back, melancholic tribute to America's south. You'd imagine these tunes being played outside, surrounded by nature: on the porch of an old farmhouse, around a campfire. The atmosphere it creates is one of introspection and calm contentment, of appreciation for the simple things and respect for the earth. This is the way life should always feel.

Recommended to fans of folk music a la Nick Drake.

Highlights: Lion's Mane, Faded From the Winter, Southern Anthem, Upward Over the Mountain (my favourite track)

Release date: September 24, 2002
Label: Sub Pop
Rating: 0.0 / 10

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