January 28, 2011
New Albums: Iron & Wine and Amos Lee
Iron & Wine – Kiss Each Other Clean
Believe it or not, the band Iron & Wine is comprised of only one member, a man named Samuel Beam. Beam was born and raised in South Carolina before he moved to Florida to go to school, after which he moved to (and currently resides in) Texas with his wife and five daughters.
The last studio album from Beam came in 2007: The Shepherd’s Dog, and it reached a high point on the US Billboard 200 at #24. You may recognize Iron & Wine from the songs “Such Great Heights” (a cover of the Postal Service song0 or “Flightless Bird, American Mouth” from a couple of years ago. Well now Beam is back with Kiss Each Other Clean and ten new songs.
There are a lot of good things going on with this album. I don’t think I can put it into just one genre, there’s retro, folk, pop, rock, etc. all coinciding nicely. Check out Kiss Each Other Clean!
Amos Lee – Mission Bell
Similarly to Iron & Wine, it would be difficult to drop Amos Lee and his music into just one category or genre. He blends together music from folk, soul, country, jazz, etc. into his original music. When you listen to it, you’d think he’s been around for decades and decades, but the singer-songwriter is only 33 years old!
Mission Bell is Lee’s fourth studio album from the time of his debut onto the music scene in 2005. Ever since then he’s only been climbing the charts and gaining popularity, especially in the US. With Mission Bell, I think he’s got another hit.
There are twelve new tracks on the new album, and each one is worth listening to over and over. Check out “Cup of Sorrow” and “Behind Me Now” (which features Willie Nelson), especially. The allbum’s out now!
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