In The Reins

September 12, 2005 | Format: MP3

$6.93
Song Title
Time
Popularity  
1
3:43
2
4:11
3
3:09
4
3:31
5
4:49
6
5:06
7
3:13

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought


Product Details

  • Original Release Date: September 13, 2005
  • Label: Overcoat Recordings
  • Total Length: 27:42
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B000S5848M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,341 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
5 star
18
4 star
8
3 star
4
2 star
1
1 star
0
See all 31 customer reviews
If you like Iron and Wine you need to purchase this.
Michael W. Ormsby
This album is great, and buying it (or any other Calexico album, which you should, as well) will add a few points to your Music Snob rating.
Wade
This song just tugs at the strings of the heart and brings back memories of love long past and yet to come.
Delirium

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Finefrock VINE VOICE on December 26, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Two of my favorite artists over the last few years have been Sam beam's Iron and Wine and the Tucson, AZ band Calexico. On IN THE REINS they team up to make some great music that dovetails the strengths of the two artists, while covering their weaker aspects.

Calexico has made some breathtaking music by combining eclectic influences such as mariachi music and jazz into their folk-rock stew. Their music resembles the Southwest where they live with a wide open sound. Their cinematic music has a broad enough palette to move in several directions and still retain their distinct personality. If their music has a fault, it's that their lyrics can sometimes fall short of the high standard of their instrumental work.

Iron & Wine on the other hand features the great songwriting of Sam Beam. At this point in his career, he delivered his sublime songs in a whispered acoustic manner that reminds one of Nick Drake or early Elliott Smith. If his early work has a fault, it's that it sometimes needs more dramatic arrangements to differentiate one song from the next.

By collaborating here, both bands mesh their strengths together. The opening track HE LAYS IN THE REINS gives the full Calexico treatment including a dramatic Flamenco vocal that definitely wakes the listener up. From there, it's highlight after highlight with Beam's delicate songs getting just the right amount of instrumental support to make them shine. Elements of Latin, country and jazz wrap onto the bluesy folk rock songs like a custom velvet glove. I'm sure that the experience of this recording encouraged Iron and Wine to tear down its musical boundaries on the excellent THE SHEPHERD'S DOG which was recorded after this in 2007.

This is a definite highlight of both artists' careers; the only drawback is that it's an EP, not a full length release. One can only hope that their paths will cross again.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew on September 17, 2005
Format: Audio CD
When The Creek Drank The Cradle was released, many, including myself, were extremely curious about the musical gifts that Iron & Wine had to offer. His whispery, lo-fi sound was vaguely familiar and yet completely original. Since his first release, Sam Beam has no problem churning up new music for us all to enjoy. With every release, Beam has shown growth, both musically and lyrically.

Now, on In The Reins, Iron & Wine has gone somewhere they never have before; straight up rock infused with country and (yes, I'm serious) jazz. The sound is refreshing, completely catchy and most importantly, a new step for Sam Beam. His teaming up with Calexico has worked wonders. This CD is an absolute treat. I can't wait to see where Sam Beam decides to go next. And until then, I'll just continue rocking out to In The Reins.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris G. Arant on September 14, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I was a little worried about this release with Calexico added to the mix. Boy I was wrong! I am a long time listener to Iron & Wine and this cd is just as good as the rest of em. This EP added to the new release of the live stuff from Bonnaroo will make for a great week of Iron & Wine listening for me! Get this album if you are a fan, you will not be disappointed
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Barry Wilkerson on September 15, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Like the above reviewer I was a little worried about this one but for the opposite reason. I love Calexico and had never heard Iron and Wine so I was concerned the band was taking some new direction from the stuff I have really grown to love. I have since been listening to some Iron and Wine and realy like it as well. This EP is fantastic and sounds like they have bee together for a long time, not just as a novelty. Can't wait for the concert!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Erik C. on September 19, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I have fastly accepted Iron and Wine as one of my favorite new artists in the last couple years, and its not hard to figure out why. Sam Beam continues to write songs from his heart and soul and his gentle intensiveness in music and in words produces some of the greatest refreshing folky/bluesy/rock low-fi music I have ever heard. And now along comes Calexico, an extremely talented multi-faceted band to collaborate with Iron and Wine. The result is that Calexico has added another layer that fulfills and expands the great sound of Iron and Wine already.

A great treat to have these two working together!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Shambalagala on February 5, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This album is absolutely beautiful. The full musical sound and talent of Calexico together with the soothing warm vocals of Iron & Wine make the perfect match.

It's almost unheard of that I love EVERY song on an album, but this one makes the cut. Each song wraps you in a warm trance, a coccoon of well-being. It has a really positive emotional effect on me. It creates an ambiance of gentle strength.

Wonderful. I really hope to see a these two bands getting together for more albums.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Kevin L. Nenstiel TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 17, 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This EP is short, weighing in at just over half an hour. And it's not perfect. Try though I might, I can't remember a blessed thing about the song "16, Maybe Less," if that gives you a hint. But it is very, very good.

Sam Beam, who basically is the still point around which Iron & Wine rotates, wrote all seven songs on this EP. He also provides the vocals, in his usual breathy style. I normally don't like breathy singers, but the sound is perfect for the intimate, introspective songs Beam writes. And hearing his voice backed by Calexico's lush instrumentation is an interesting turn.

For the most part it works. Particularly on tracks like "He Lays In the Reins," "Burn That Broken Bed," and "Prison on Route 41," the vocals sound like they're nestled in a sonic womb. On the track "History of Lovers" and others Beam's vocals need to be bolstered by a second singer to avoid sounding lost, so the merger of sounds isn't entirely perfect. But the EP format, which seems to be Beam's natural environment, is perfect for these choices--before you have time to get tired of the sound the disc is over.

On the whole the CD is worth the fairly slender price. It might be better if it had been fleshed out with more songs, particularly some that owed a little less to Sam Beam and a little more to Calexico's John Convertino and Joey Burns. Still, it rings well, the songs are sufficiently differentiated, and the choices are mostly strong. A good album for fans and initiates alike, this EP is one that will stay near the head of your rack and get played often.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Customer Images

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Search

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?