Album Review: Iron & Wine Reveal New Side In "Kiss Each Other Clean"
In his fourth studio release, “Kiss Each Other Clean”, fans will witness a vibrant new dimension of Beam that is not only pleasing to the ears, but also evokes distinct visuals.
Unlike past albums, the mood is in a continuous state of change. Beam proves he is capable of maintaining his originality while adding to and altering his style by incorporating funky beats, poppy ballads and a more psychedelic sound.
In the opening track, “Walking Far From Home”, Beam’s voice starts out placid and swells as the song progresses.
The feel morphs immediately with one of the most noteworthy tracks, “Monkeys Uptown”, a dark, fierce beat with the lyrics to match: “Your baby left you unimpressed/ But no one likes a beggar, slightly overdressed”.
While “Half Moon” is reminiscent of a tune from Iron and Wine’s 2004 album called “Our Endless Numbered Days”, “Godless Brother in Love” displays Beam’s most poignant, alluring vocals to date, with a killer piano ballad and a harp capable of putting listeners in a trance.
The album ends on a high note with its most memorable song, “Your Fake Name is Good Enough for Me”, that would make an unforgettable concert encore.
Sam Beam separates himself from all genre titles by escaping boundaries and ignoring the confines of “indie-folk” music.
In the past, the band's hushed, sweet tunes had a mellow following. “Kiss Each Other Clean” will surely reach a broader audience, and amaze along the way.
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