12 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On his second album as Iron & Wine, Sam Beam’s love for Elliott Smith hides in plain sight, from the hushed vocals in “Fever Dream” to the homey warmth suffusing “Each Coming Night.” But what makes Our Endless Numbered Days so great is how he filters these qualities through earthy folk sounds belying his Southern heritage. Beam isn’t the first indie singer/songwriter to drop in prickly banjos (“Teeth in the Grass”), nor weepy slide guitars (“Love and Some Verses”), yet few have proven as intoxicating.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On his second album as Iron & Wine, Sam Beam’s love for Elliott Smith hides in plain sight, from the hushed vocals in “Fever Dream” to the homey warmth suffusing “Each Coming Night.” But what makes Our Endless Numbered Days so great is how he filters these qualities through earthy folk sounds belying his Southern heritage. Beam isn’t the first indie singer/songwriter to drop in prickly banjos (“Teeth in the Grass”), nor weepy slide guitars (“Love and Some Verses”), yet few have proven as intoxicating.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
440 Ratings

440 Ratings

LightPollution ,

Folk Gold From Miami Wunderkind

This album is simply the best true folk album that has been released in years. There really is not a bad song on the track-list, though some highlights are "Naked As We Came," "Cinder and Smoke," "Fever Dream," and "Radio War." The acoustic guitar is downright amazing in this album and Sam Beam's voice is perfect and you can tell that he is a student of folk music. Top notch album, I'd give it six stars if I could.

Jesse Wayne Thornton ,

Best Iron & Wine album

I think Iron & Wine is one of these artists where you can hear one song and know whether or not it is your type of thing. Upon first listen, I enjoyed this album but thought that much of it blended together, sounded similar. Upon repeated listens, each track stands out on its own and the album doesn't have a weak song. This is the quintessential Iron & Wine album and, contrary to other posters, is even good listening regardless of the weather. Last 2 tracks are personal favorites.

SandboxMagician ,

Mellow and amazing

This man with an acoustic guitar whispering into a mic creates a unique and subtle kind of beauty. Simple, almost minimalist, yet it still manages to evoke emotion in the listener. Listen to it while watching the sunset on a summer evening, with the volume low enough for you to still hear the wind and the shouts of the kids playing across the street. In my opinion, it is one of the most relaxing experiences possible.

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