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Iron and Wine. I’m sorry, I had no idea things had got this bad. I remember your first couple of records, very sweet lo-fi affairs; one part Will Oldham, one part Belle and Sebastian. On previous album ‘Kiss Each Other Clean’ Rolling Stone magazine wrote “pop music hadn’t seen anything like it since the heyday of Cat Stevens”. Wow. That really makes me want to g ...

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Grace For Saints by Iron and Wine
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4/10 Clinton Staff review, 22 March 2013

Iron and Wine. I’m sorry, I had no idea things had got this bad. I remember your first couple of records, very sweet lo-fi affairs; one part Will Oldham, one part Belle and Sebastian. On previous album ‘Kiss Each Other Clean’ Rolling Stone magazine wrote “pop music hadn’t seen anything like it since the heyday of Cat Stevens”. Wow. That really makes me want to go out and listen to it.

The harsh truth is it is a fairly accurate description of this first single off his new album ‘Ghost on Ghost’. Pop music has seen something like it - an anaemic mid ‘60s Bee Gees. The track drifts along in that vaguely list-like manner that Billy Joel did on ‘We Didn’t Start The Fire’. A colleague has just remarked ‘what the hell has happened?’. I have no idea, son, but it’s macabre. On the B side there is a plodder which manages to out bland the A side with a terrible sax interlude. It’s terribly bland, somewhere between Robbie Williams, Steve Miller Band and The Dooleys. I am flabbergasted.


1/10 Shroompicker Customer review, 16th December 2013

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