Always nice to see a dog on the sleeve and Iron and Wine doesn't disappoint on this, his third album originally released in 2007 which saw Sam Beam revert somewhat to his early folky style after the bigger production values of the Creek Drank the Cradle. As always his voice is a hushed and intimate thing blending perfectly with his folk-influenced fingerpicked guitar melodies.
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Reissue LP on Sub Pop.
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- The Shepherd's Dog by Iron and Wine
7/10 gbar 10th May 2017
While Sam Beam (aka Iron and Wine) has gone in a different direction from his magnum opus, The Creek Drank the Cradle, he's decided to go back to some basics on The Shepherd's Dog. It has a perfect mixture of traditional folky Sam Beam, such as on "Resurrection Fern" where it almost borders on country music, with haunting new Sam Beam, especially on "Boy With A Coin". Songs like "Carousel" is the perfect transition between the old and the new, combining his finger-picking lilting melodies with electronic flourishes and polished production work. What the album may lack in excitement is often made up for in his songwriting finesse and smooth-as-cream voice.
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