Iron & Wine: The Creek Drank the Cradle
The Creek Drank the Cradle
Bruce Springsteen, let it be said, isn't the greatest lyricist in the world; his songs are often trite, oozing with cheese, and just plain bad. Sure, the Boss can play for hours and hours, but that doesn't necessarily mean that he writes good songs. Yet, if there is one thing that Springsteen should be remembered for, its Nebraska. Recorded in the early 80s, it's as minimalist as they get. One man, one guitar, one harmonica and an 4-track recorded. Naturally, its his greatest album ever and makes his musical career worthwhile. That said, it took the Boss a long to get to that point. He put out 5 albums which, besides The River, were quite poor. Lucky for us, Iron & Wine (aka Sam Beam) avoids the 70s slump that the Boss went through and starts off with perhaps one of the best albums of the millenium. Echoing the likes of Will Oldham and early early Beck, Beam soothes and moans his way through a collection of Southern-rooted songs that have one looking up 4 track recorders on ebay immediately after the last song stops. 'Rooster Moans' is a catchy train-riding song, while 'Angry Blade' is a reserved song that hints at murder, twilight, and a love gone way wrong. Each song is its own magical story, with Beam's magnificent vocals and minimalist guitar providing a haunting background. This is backporch blues music, with a cup of whiskey by your side, an ashtray filled with cigarette butts, the sunset fighting its way across the dark sky, and a tired train in the distance crossing an old rickety bridge.