Sam Beam as an artist can easily be defined in shortest terms as a story teller. The success of singer/songwriters is being able to identify with your fans. Putting out music where people can relate these hymns to their own life. Another one of the strongest ways of gaining fame in music is creating a sense of mood that people aspire to feeling though instruments.
For a person I see as living outside of his time, it’s noted that Iron & Wine has wide spread acceptance which is a testament Sam’s work. It’s very uncommon for an artist to make such biblical references and be enjoyed equally by atheists and believers alike.
Tree by the River is where you really start noticing the poly-rhythmic sounds being layered. This was introduced in the Sheppard’s Dog. There’s been a progression in Iron & Wine from folk roots, motown and even sixty’s and seventy’s rock influence. This album takes on a whole new genre with strong gospel influences. Whenever I hear Monkey’s Uptown it translates to motown nostalgic and maybe even alittle Billy Joel – The entertainer song progression... Odd reference, I do agree- so change my mind...Tell me who you think it is?
If Our Endless Numbered Days is Iron& Wine to you then you won’t be disappointed by the first track Walking Far From Home.
As an avid concert goer I can assure you Iron and Wine exceeds the studio version. I had the opportunity of seeing Iron and Wine perform as the 2010 headliner for the Ann Arbour Folk Festival in Michigan. I look forward to hearing many tracks from this album in at the Bonnaroo Music festival in Manchester Tennessee this summer.