Music: Iron & Wine - Kiss each other clean * * * *
Sam Beam has quietly burnished a reputation for astute songwriting over the course of three albums. Now, this former acoustic troubadour is ready to soar.
This ambitious album finds him ratcheting up the instrumentation and the widescreen effect is frequently dazzling.
A myriad of genres compete harmoniously and his sure-footedness is captured particularly well on Me and Lazarus, which finds room for synths and sax.
Elsewhere, there's an appreciation for the sort of 70s West Coast numbers that saw US contemporary Josh Rouse improve his fortune a decade or so ago.
Burn it: Half-Moon
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