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Over the course of his ten-year career, Iron and Wine's Sam Beam has become one of today's greatest story tellers, crafting meticulous tales full of forlorn love, religious imagery and wistful dreams. Many fell in love with Iron and Wine Beam's tender and spare rendering of The Postal Service's "Such Great Heights" was featured on the Garden State soundtrack in 2002. ... Read more in Amazon's Iron & Wine Store

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  • Audio CD (March 23, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • ASIN: B0001ENX54
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,619 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. On Your Wings
2. Naked As We Came
3. Cinder And Smoke
4. Sunset Soon Forgotten
5. Teeth In The Grass
6. Love And Some Verses
7. Radio War
8. Each Coming Night
9. Free Until They Cut Me Down
10. Fever Dream
11. Sodom, South Georgia
12. Passing Afternoon

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Florida’s brilliant singer-songwriter Sam Beam expands Iron & Wine from solo project to a gaggle of friends and family on slide guitar, percussion, and backing vocals on his second album. Fans need not worry--the hushed immediacy and rich melodies remain the focus--but new flavors abound. For instance, the strange "Cinder And Smoke" sounds like a collaboration (with banjos of course) between America, Robert Wyatt and Low. Meanwhile, "On Your Wings," "Free Until They Cut Me Down," and "Teeth in the Grass" showcase a brooding, earthy, Southern-rock-on-laudanum side that the band had previously only demonstrated in concert. It's rare when an artist who's become known for bedroom recordings makes the transition to the studio to produce work that's better--Daniel Johnston, Lou Barlow, and Liz Phair all made their defining moments crouched above a cassette recorder at home. But Beam is the exception to the rule, as he has easily bested himself on the second Iron & Wine album. --Mike McGonigal

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On his second full-length, Sam Beam "...launches balloons of sweetly whispered regret over trance-inducing backwoods string arrangements and watches them float away, his heart in tow"--Entertainment Weekly. "Equally assured with sweetly lilting pop and doom struck ballads, Beam invests these songs with hypnotic beauty and sparkling melody, making them as accessible as they are affecting"--The Onion.

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Sam Beam has always written truly amazing work, but Our Endless Numbered Days is truly one of Iron & Wine's best albums.
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The gorgeous simplicity of the music, the awe-inspiring lyrics, they make for a truly "real" album--devoid of pretense or cliche.
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I've listened to this album over 100 times now, and I can honestly say, it holds up, and continues to get better and better.
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119 of 129 people found the following review helpful By someguy on July 22, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Here I am, a grown man, who listens to everything from the Shins to Tool. I was listening to this album in my bed after I bought it that day. I was really tired, so I kind of drifted off (not because the album was boring, far from it - I was just tired). When "Fever Dream" came on I instantly became aware again. It's not like this song has a loud or startling beginning, either - no Iron & Wine song does. But the guitar line was so beautiful my mind must have said "wake up and hear this." I rarely hear a song that affects me so...so dramatically as "Fever Dream" did, and still does. I just layed there, captured by it's sheer gentle beauty. It aroused so many emotions inside that were lying dormant somewhere inside me. The fact is, I've been extrememly lonely lately, and there hasn't been anyone I felt could really sympathize with me. But this song captured my emotions so well I shed tears. You probably think I'm lame, but I just needed to share how deeply this song affected me.
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117 of 137 people found the following review helpful By Soaring Heart on May 24, 2004
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I cannot begin to explain in words how much I Love this album. OUR ENDLESS NUMBERED DAYS is perfectly appealing to me in every way: lyrically, instrumentally, vocally, its unique style, right down to the cover. Ahhhh. It should be in every music lovers cd library. Every song can stand alone on its own merit yet, as a complete composition it is breathtaking with each song making the previous and next sound even better. So obviously, I love every track and my favorite is the last track, "Passing Afternoon."
There's a Force in OUR ENDLESS NUMBERED DAYS to be reckoned with. For me, it literally stops time and makes whatever I'm doing a joy while I feel peaceful, humble and thankful as it plays. OEND feeds my spirit as if to say, "Just live life, enjoy as much as possible and take it as it comes-- especially things out of my control." Music that speaks to me...what a gift. I only hope to keep coming across Music this great. Thank you, Sam.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Soar!
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37 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Greg Brady on October 13, 2005
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Sam Beam is the singer/songwriter behind Iron and Wine. Musically, you'll definitely be reminded of the spare acoustic folk sounds of Nick Drake, though Beam is apt to dust them with country influences quite often in the form of banjos and slide guitar. Vocally, he reminds me of a more hushed Lindsay Buckingham, especially when he utilizes layers of his vocals. ("Radio War" in particular made me think of a RUMOURS outtake..) Tempos and moods here vary between slow and melancholy to mid-tempo and subdued.

HIGHLIGHTS:

"On Your Wings" sinks it with its refrain "God, give us love in the time that we have" as it basks in mortality ("All these men that You've made/How we wither in the shade.."). "Each Coming Night" is another rumination about life's fragility. ("Will you say when I'm gone away/'I loved your son for his sturdy arms'...") "Free Until they Cut me Down" strides close musically to Johnny Cash's take on Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus" (at least during the intro section) but nicely diverges later into one of the more musically interesting bits. It's also one of the more cynical tunes here, seemingly placing Beam in the shoes of a rapist ("Papa, don't tell me what I could've done/She's the one who begged me/'Take me home'...") "Fever Dreams" has probably the most poetic take on love here ("I want your flowers/like babies want God's love/Or maybe sure as tomorrow will come") Don't ask me what "Teeth in the Grass" is about...don't ask me to stop hearing it in my head either. It just sticks there...

LOWS:

No particular tunes stick out as bad but there is a sameness of sound throughout the disc. Whether that strikes you as "boring" or "cohesive" is probably in the ear of the beholder.
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45 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Manny Hernandez HALL OF FAME on October 24, 2004
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Nick Drake is gone, and so is Elliott Smith. But their style has survived in Sam Beam, the mind and soul behind Iron & Wine. I found out about them through the soundtrack of "Garden State" (the year's best OST in my opinion), and I am officially hooked on the mellow voice of Beam... as a beam of light it casts rays of melancholy interspersed with hope that make you want to listen to the album once and again. This makes the choice of a favorite track almost impossible, but if forced, I'd probably stick with "Naked as We Came", "Sunset Soon Forgotten", "Love and Some Verses", "Each Coming Night" and "Sodom, South Georgia." In a nutshell, an album impossible not to love!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. Hayes on August 5, 2004
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While it would be a mistake to call OEND upbeat or candidate for album of the year, it's definetly enjoyable. The music is soft and alluring with a simplicity that makes it somewhat refreshing, a change at least from ordinary. And the lyrics (while they may not be as easily heard in the song) are profound while fitting well with the benign flow of the songs. So, all in all, it doesn't rip, but at times a quiet listen is what you need.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Frericks on October 3, 2004
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wow.. on the first listen i was in tears. this is like a gregorian chant for the modern listener. its stripped down to the essentials of beauty - poetic lyrics, warm melodies, and selective instrumentation. to me, beam found a perfect balance between complication and simplicity that has the same nirvana effect i feel when listening to miles davis, only this music is more convenient to the average listener. this is definetely an anxiety relieving album.... i listen to this record after a hard day at work or when i'm tired but can't sleep. it should be prescribed by psychiatrists. it is probably better than xanax. sorry this positive comment probably didn't help considering there are so many, but i couldn't help but express my gratitude for this. thanks iron and wine.
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