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This review is from: The Shepherd's Dog (Audio CD)
(UPDATING MY INITIAL REVIEW) This was the first Iron & Wine offering I heard, so I came to it without any baggage about the purity of the earlier work. I was initially very taken with it, but must admit the extraneous material and production tricks wear a little thin eventually. The sparseness of his earlier stuff (which I subsequently heard and was rather dismissive of) has since grown on me, and I prefer it - especially the In The Reins EP with Calexico.
Interestingly, the best song on the album `Resurrection Fern' is given the most straight-forward treatment - more typical of his earlier work - and this now just seems to make it stand out from the rest even more. The arrangements tend to drag down the other good songs a bit after a while
Still a good album mind.