Woman King

Woman King

by Iron & Wine
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Woman King

Anyone still hoping that Sam Beam and Iron & Wine will ever go back to the lo-fi sound of their first album might as well give up on that pipe dream. On the 2005 EP Woman King, Iron & Wine's sound is more produced and varied than ever. The record's arrangements are overflowing with a wealth of percussion, vocal harmonies, banjos, violins, and pianos. Beam's vocals, while always a thing of beauty, sound more assured and powerful than ever. Iron & Wine sound like a real band here; if you heard them in a big-budget Hollywood film, you wouldn't even flinch. The widening and smoothing of the band's approach does Beam's songs great favors, too. While his songwriting is as emotionally direct and haunting as ever (no amount of studio sheen could change that), this EP never feels insular, as his previous albums sometimes did. It sounds widescreen and universal. Woman King is too short to be considered the high point of Iron & Wine's career -- it certainly points in that direction, though.

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Release Date: 02/22/2005
Label: Sub Pop
UPC: 0098787066524
catalogNumber: 665
Rank: 186374

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Woman King 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
gypseykitten More than 1 year ago
My first experience with Iron and Wine was from Twilight. I don't usually get an album from an individual artist that I heard on a soundtrack, but I am so glad I did. Now I just need to get all their other albums. I hope as soon as possible.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you ever curled up in a winter blanket or took a country drive while listening to Our Endless Numbered Numbered Days just to intensify the feel...do yourself a favor and buy this album. It will be well worth it. In his latest effort, Beam fuses his beautiful vocals with a distinctly raw and dirty yet enchantingly Southern tinge. While this cd has only 6 tracks, it's definately a worthwhile purchase. I say again...This will not disappoint!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is amazing. Ranging from slow, breathy ballads (Jezebel and My Lady's House) to more upbeat - but still true to its roots - tunes (Woman King and Freedom Hangs Like Heaven). It's short, but it's worth every penny! Highly recommended!
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