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Days finds Iron and Wines singer-songwriter Sam Beam in somewhat new
territory, while still keeping his lo-fi folksy roots intact. Iron and Wines
debut, The Creek Drank the Cradle, was a collection of home recordings featuring
only Beams vocals and spare instrumentation (mostly guitar). Beam still
has a haunting voice that evokes Nick Drake and Elliot Smith and, like his debut
album, Endless is entirely acoustic and decidedly lo-fi. However, Endless
was recorded in a studio with Beam now backed by his touring band. To say the
slicker sound is larger than earlier works is certainly a relative
term. Sure, Beam has a bigger palette to play with, but the songs are still very
personal, soft, and, at times, achingly beautiful. The resulting record is a lush,
relaxing excursion into folk-by-way-of-indie rock. While Iron and Wines
brand of DIY folk aesthetic is as hip as ever, few artists do it as well as Beam.
He is a modern-day troubadour that has been blessed with the ability to write
a thoughtful poem and a killer hook.