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5 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nice songs, shame about the recording, 6 July 2007
This review is from: The Creek Drank The Cradle (Audio CD)
I bought this on the back of having heard (and really liked) some Iron and Wine songs in films, etc. Had this album been my first exposure, I would have been put off for good.

It was apparently recorded in a "home studio" and the sound quality is little short of appalling. Noisy, with poor EQ and mixing, it sounds as though it was recorded straight to cassette tape in some one's bedroom, using cheap instruments that have never seen new strings. The voice is too far back in the mix and the sotto voce singing style begins to grate after about 30 seconds.

It is a testament to the song-writing that I will probably seek out more recent, studio-quality recordings. However, this is one to miss unless you are a die-hard fan or want a complete collection of Iron and Wine.
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Initial post: 24 Oct 2011 11:11:47 BDT
Gareth Bull says:
I had a similar experience, but the artist was The Free Design. I first heard their song, 'Love you' on the credits of Stranger Than Fiction, starring Will Ferrell. The song sounded glorious in its film form, having tracked the originals, I was less than impressed, but the recording was from 1978. It's a shame they don't get their material remastered, it's truly brilliant stuff. I hope Sam Beams second album warrants more studio attention, but I also believe we wouldn't be witnessing the fruits of his labour (at this moment in time) had he not made the whole thing himself, and that surely must be a good thing.

Btw: Where do I stand if I haven't heard the remastered film tracks, and only have the amazon track preview as a point of reference.
Is it correct to assume one becomes a die hard fan, only by purchasing their first album?

I haven't got the album, but the previews sound charmingly low-key, I think it would make a nice gift. The gift receiver may even find the low-brow recordings mildly charming.
I'm hoping they will find it adds character to the artists recordings, and perhaps they will appreciate it all the more. I hope they wont' mind my borrowing it ^^

Posted on 17 Dec 2013 18:26:21 GMT
KaleHawkwood says:
I agree with the reviewer. This guy`s obviously quite a talent, but the mix of this debut homemade effort, coupled with his rather too laidback vocals makes it all sound a bit fey,
like so much minimalist backwoods Americana.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Aug 2014 01:21:14 BDT
Last edited by the author on 21 Aug 2014 01:21:30 BDT
Confounder says:
Hey, I like minimalist backwoods Americana -- as long as it's in high fidelity!
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