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Iron and Wine

Iron and Wine: Woman KingWoman King (2005)
Sub Pop Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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It bears repeating that Iron & Wine really dazzled critics in 2004 with Our Endless Numbered Days. The picturesque and lavish yet brittle yet complex orchestrations from Sam Beam had everyone from clubs of overt elitism to ones of hip-clinging gushing, while others reveled in their newfound "beardco.
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It bears repeating that Iron & Wine really dazzled critics in 2004 with Our Endless Numbered Days. The picturesque and lavish yet brittle yet complex orchestrations from Sam Beam had everyone from clubs of overt elitism to ones of hip-clinging gushing, while others reveled in their newfound "beardcore" or whatever allusion they liked to assuredly bring up about Sam's proudly grown entanglement. Woman King should help further these actions, assumptions and overall acknowledgements quite easily.

For starters, there's a definitive bit of subtle diversity shoved into the EP's six-track span. The vocal harmonies between the Beams in "Gray Stables" actually comes off very, very Fleetwood Mac-like. It's definitely a comparison a listener initally wouldn't expect, but given the scope of the band's folk-and-otherwise influences, it does sort of make sense. "Jezebel" is a laid back yet desperate track that fits nicely in the EP's start, with Sam Beam's constant asking of the title character's presence. "Evening On The Ground (Lilith's Song)" is an odd choice to close, though, as its lightly galloping pace, jumpy guitar strokes and the schizophrenically prophetic and sexually scheming admission of "we were born to fuck each other one way or another / but IIIII oooonly lieee" makes it the most anxious, pensive track of the bunch, and nonetheless, perhaps the standout, especially the way Beam keeps his whispering style intact despite the obvious tension coming across. The band uses all sorts of instruments to convey the sound throughout, too, whether it be delicate piano strokes or scattered drops of violin.

The prolific act has offered a lot of releases in only the past few years, and between the female themes that surprisingly avoid misogyny and versatile yet certainly cohesive nature Woman King brings to the table, it's yet another solid addition to their growing discography.

 

 
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itsmarcus (October 25, 2007)

wow, it's really sad when people are so closed minded anymore to not accept music. don't complain man.

Anonymous (February 25, 2005)

haha, thanks.

Anonymous (February 24, 2005)

"Why is THIS on punknews???!?!?!"

Anonymous (February 24, 2005)

Wow, I'm shocked at the lack of ignorant "Why is THIS on punknews???!?!?!" comments.

PS. This is good.

Anonymous (February 24, 2005)

"Misogyny" was the word of the day on Sesame Street the day that he wrote this. He needed to use it. They told him to.

inagreendase (February 24, 2005)

I'm not implying Beam is some sort of by-nature chauvinist; it's more or less that when an underground genre releases an album with male-perspective female themes running through it, it's usually a bit .. whatever word you'd like to use.

adamfromohio (February 23, 2005)

sam beam and mysoginy are two words i never really expect to see together either....same with head and cheese.

-adamfromohio

Anonymous (February 23, 2005)

why exactly are you surprised that these songs avoid mysoginy?

theundergroundscene (February 23, 2005)

why are more people not commenting

this is awesome

SethCohen (February 22, 2005)

"Take your review to pitchfork because it sucks."
Take your attitude back to your trailer park because it sucks

Anonymous (February 22, 2005)

I thought the links were funny Brian

matt81 (February 22, 2005)

I thought "beardcore" was coined for hot water music. i like hot water music.

Anonymous (February 22, 2005)

Take your review to pitchfork because it sucks.

mjg (February 22, 2005)

so good

Anonymous (February 22, 2005)

i swear if jesse is reveiing this he will give it a higher score

TheBouncingSoul (February 22, 2005)

Great EP..."Jezebel" and "Freedom Hangs Like Heaven" are among his best ever

Anonymous (February 22, 2005)

Fuck this hippie shit. Sub pop needs to get back in the Mudhoney mind frame. Yeah, that's right, I said it.

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