Monday, April 29, 2013

New Music Review: Iron and Wine-Ghost On Ghost


Iron & Wine-Ghost On Ghost
Average Score: 69
 [Nonesuch]
Available At: emusic, Amazon MP3 & CD
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85 Paste
With 12 great new songs, each with its own spirit, style and direction, Ghost On Ghost is the best album in Iron & Wine’s already impressive discography.
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83 The A.V. Club
Most of Ghost On Ghost treads territory similar to Kiss Each Other Clean, just with a bit more loose-limbed joy replacing that album’s austere moments.
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80 AllMusic
Bringing the scale back down to something human while injecting some jazz and sunshine into the I&W sound proves to be a very good strategy for Beam, and it makes Ghost on Ghost one of the most satisfying albums the group has done to date.
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70 Slant Magazine
Given how routine and mechanical this genre [coffeehouse-style soft rock] has become the past few years, it's remarkable to hear Beam, a songwriter of more rustic, folksy origins, make it wholly his own.
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61 Pitchfork
Too often it sounds as though Beam is less interested in defining a new sound and more concerned with distancing himself from an old one.
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60 Consequence Of Sound
As puzzle pieces to a full-length album, at least a third of these songs come off as superfluous and unnecessary.
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60 PopMatters 
It’s the sound of an artist trying to go on the rebound. That he partially succeeds may be cause for a quiet, at the very least, celebration, just like the sound of the album itself.
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50 Under The Radar
The songs on Ghost On Ghost are not as strong as those from his past. [Mar-Apr 2013, p.92]
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