Editors’ Notes Around the Well is a collection of “rarities” from Iron & Wine: outtakes, B-sides, soundtrack cuts, demos. Considering the low profile of the “band” in question (really singer-songwriter Sam Beam with whomever he chooses to collaborate), it’s merely a handy-dandy assembly of stray tracks that loyal fans will want in order to complete their collection. Everything that makes Beam such an attractive performer is here. The soft, whispered vocals, the impeccable finger-picked acoustics, the thoughtful enigmatic lyrics, the laidback, chilling melodies all coalesce into a formidable whole. If these are “leftovers,” then Beam is one solid, prolific songwriter. Covers of the Postal Service’s “Such Great Heights” (featured in the film Garden State) and the Flaming Lips’ “Waitin’ for a Superman” add to the intrigue factor. The 23 tracks begin with mostly quiet, unadorned acoustic tunes (“Loud As Hope” is simply gorgeous) with slide guitar and hushed arrangements, eventually expanding into fuller band excursions such as “Kingdom of the Animals” where piano and electric slide spike the punch. 

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Dearest Foresaken
1
3:49
 
Morning
2
2:41
 
Loud As Hope
3
2:56
 
Peng! 33
4
3:28
 
Sacred Vision
5
3:19
 
Friends They Are Jewels
6
4:14
 
Hickory
7
4:35
 
Waitin' for a Superman
8
4:34
 
Swans and the Swimming
9
3:24
 
Call Your Boys
10
3:47
 
Such Great Heights
11
4:11
 
Communion Cups & Someone's Coat
12
2:02
 
Belated Promise Ring
13
3:45
 
God Made the Automobile
14
3:54
 
Homeward, These Shoes
15
1:34
 
Love Vigilantes
16
3:26
 
Sinning Hands
17
5:30
 
No Moon
18
4:15
 
Serpent Charmer
19
2:39
 
Carried Home
20
6:31
 
Kingdom of the Animals
21
5:05
 
Arms of a Thief
22
3:41
 
The Trapeze Swinger
23
9:31
 
Love Vigilantes (Alternate Version) [Bonus Track]
24
4:03
 

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