Iron and Wine: Ghost on Ghost

19 Dec

The vibrant, sax-heavy jazz sound that Sam Beam brought into Kiss Each Other Clean flows smoothly over into Ghost on Ghost, burgeoning in some places and in others all but disappearing, steeped, always, in Beam’s colorful, ominous, wild-haired-prophet lyrics.

“Lovers’ Revolution” launches off solid baritone sax backing, swelling and swelling into a cacophonous, multi-instrumental progressive jazz bridge, whilst “Joy” is a rocking, poignant lullaby that will sound familiar to any long-time Iron and Wine fan, and “Grace for Saints and Ramblers” present’s Beam’s signature string-of-magician’s-scarves of knotted-together beat poet metaphors.

Whilst I was not particularly wowed by this album – perhaps because I became overly familiar with it as background kitchen music without actually sitting down to really listen to it – it contains some solid tracks; memorable and interesting to listen to.

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