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The Creek Drank the Cradle

Iron & Wine

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The debut album from Florida singer/songwriter Sam Beam is comprised of home demos that accentuate the haunted, forlorn vibe of Beam's warm, whispery voice. The occasional slide guitar or banjo aside, these are sparsely adorned acoustic guitar vignettes that wouldn't sound out of place in Simon & Garfunkel's catalog or as contemporaries with the songbooks of James Taylor, Jackson Browne, and Joni Mitchell. There are no attempts at punk dissonance, or at recreating the feeling of an old Folkways field recording, as often befalls acoustic performers working in the indie-rock realm. Rich in harmonies and sweet, swaying rhythms ("Bird Stealing Bread"), with strong nods to obvious influences (Nick Drake for "Faded From the Winter"), Creek is one of the finest folk albums of the early 21st century.

Customer Reviews

My Favourite Album

I can't give enough praise for this album. The only music that actually made me cry the first time I listened to it. I will probably listen to this for the rest of my life. When insomnia plagues me, I put this on the lowest volume and I'm asleep within minutes. Promising Light is the most beautifully heartbreaking songs, Upwards Over the Mountain is so simple and moving, Weary Memory about a man finding his ex wife's things around his house is just so damn miserable. And so you don't get too depressed, Lion's Mane defines true love with gorgeous metephore. The wispering vocals, the classic, unadorned guitar and the raw emotion of the lyrics makes this Iron & Wine's best album ever.

Good For Me.

I honestly believe this music will make me live longer. Stress melts away when I let Sam Beam's voice and music play. I know this kind of music isn't for everyone...but if it's for you, you'll know right away.

From the soul

Sam Beam writes the most beautiful, melancholy songs. They make you close your eyes and feel the music. Some have compared Iron and Wine to Simon and Garfunkel, and James Taylor. Regardless of the influence, Sam Beam definitely stands out today in a generation where bands come and go because of their trite and superficial music. Iron and Wine has longevity because the music is classic and simply beautiful. My favorite song is Upward Over the Mountain. I often listen to the song on a mix I made on my way home from work. And sometimes I miss my exit home because I am so entranced by the song. It makes me want to open the window of my car and make waving motions with my hand against the blowing wind. I would also download Lion's Mane and Southern Anthem, before downloading the whole album. I would also check out his other albums. The Trapeze Swinger is on an EP, it is the best song written in a long time!

Biography

Born: July 26, 1974 in Columbia, SC

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Singer/songwriter Samuel Beam, who rose to prominence with a blend of whispered vocals and softly homespun indie folk, chose the moniker Iron & Wine after coming across a dietary supplement named "Beef Iron & Wine" while working on a film. Raised in South Carolina, Beam received his bachelor's degree in art from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond and later his Master of Fine Arts degree from Florida State University Film School. Although Beam would later expand his sound to include...
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