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Woman King

22 Feb. 2005 | Format: MP3

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By A Customer on 13 Aug. 2005
Format: Audio CD
I had previously bought "Our Endless Numbered Days" by Iron and Wine, and while I enjoyed it I can't say I considered it anything special. Not so for Woman King. Despite the short length this CD has impact: I haven't had it out my CD player since I bought it and I don't intend to for a while. Unfortunately this means I won't get anything else done as I can't help giving these songs my full attention. The breathy vocals remain as does the banjo but a change in style is notable in some songs, particularly "Evening on the Ground (Lilith's Song)" which is my personal favourite. Fans of his laid back style shouldn't despair though: "Gray Stables" and "Jezebel" can be seen as a continuation of his earlier work.
In short this is an essential album, a slight change in direction that will garner Iron and Wine new fans while more than satisfying the old.
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If you have kept your radar programmed for news about Sam Bean/Iron and Wine, you've probably read about the changes in his sound for this EP. For faithful fans who haven't heard this album yet, I will assuage any fears you might harbor of Iron And Wine having stray from the hushed Americana path.
There's indeed a bit of exploration toward fiercer musical territories, particularly on Woman King and Evening On The Ground with its more intense pace than the usual fare -even an electric guitar here and there!- yet none of it would seem unrecognizable to the long-time listener.
Overall, this is some of the music that Mr. Beam does so well, Folk and Country-tinged melodies sung in a hushed and moving tone with warm acoustic guitars behind it, now subtly accompanied by some bass lines and, at times, measured percussion.
Of course, this is not bad news. At least for me, if he were to continue to release albums in the style of The Creek Drank The Craddle, I'd continue to buy his music.
Speaking of his gorgeous debut, two songs here -Jezebel and My Lady's House- not only may remind you of The Creek Drank The Craddle, you may actually conclude that these beautiful compositions have nothing to envy the former set of songs.
Overall, this is a very respectable follow up to Our Numbered Days -his second album- and worth owning, although it may not take his sound to new altitudes. That's OK, the height at which this music hovers is high enough for me.
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The next full Iron and Wine album may just be a real cracker if this EP is a genuine marker of future work. From the breathy and poetic 'Endless Numbered Days' has grown a far more complex sound.
Added to the whsipering sweetness, and lyrical quality, is a new musical dimension. The first few seconds of the opening track with its sprightly percussion makes it clear that things have moved on, elsewhere we have loping basslines, violins, slide guitar, a country gospel tinge to 'Freedom Hangs Like Heaven' and the rich slumber of 'In My Lady's House' with a superb piano coda. Only the closing track goes a bit far for me, Beans fragile voice sounding at odds with the almost frenetic pace.
If you like this album, try Laura Veirs 'Carbon Glacier' for more modern inventive folk music. Alternatively the hushed gothic of Bonnie Prince Billy.
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Another wonderful album from Iron & Wine. I always find his music beautiful, different and great to listen to because of the variation, yet similarity in almost all his album.
Top tracks on the album i would say are: Jezebel, Woman King and Evening on the Ground.
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By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Sept. 2007
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This was my first try of Iron and Wine and I have to say it's a pretty good starting place. Short enough to give you enough taste of the style and long enough to enjoy the beautiful and melodious music. The ep is full of beautiful guitars and evocative lyrics throughout and the songs 'Jezebel' and 'Evening on the ground' are especially captivating. If you like this I reckon it's pretty safe to say you'll like the other albums. Overall a great slice of music to chill out to and be moved by.

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