After hearing the song I posted earlier I was pretty excited to hear this whole album, and I wasn’t disappointed. Fans of previous work will appreciate the style of a couple songs that follow the folky, guitar and banjo formula. For the most part, though, a whole new approach was taken for this one in perhaps a less drastic but similar direction to Sufjan Stevens’s new album last year.
Walking Far From Home is certainly a highlight as the opener, as well as Uptown Monkeys and Godless Brother In Love. The best was definitely saved for last though. Your Fake Name Is Good Enough For Me is an epic of a song complete with a rising finish that’s sure to satisfy. The brass section here is a funky reminder of just how much of a departure this album is from anything Iron & Wine has done before and is just one of several new elements introduced throughout the album.
Perhaps one of the few common bonds is the silky smooth voice of Sam Beam, which is as amazing as always. The layering of different voice tracks as well as the creative melodies employed are such a staple of Iron & Wine and really blew me away listening to this album. I recommend it wholeheartedly.