I adore this year’s album from Iron & Wine, even more now than when I first posted about it. That’s partly because I can put it on when holding my baby son at night, and it soothes him as it interests me.
The tracks fall on a continuum from a rather sparse sound, similar to what Sam Beam did on previous I&W albums, to a fuller sound. My favorite example of the fuller sound is the opening track, “Pagan Angel and a Borrowed Car.” I love the “hey, ma, listen to all these instruments we found in the barn” feel. See if you do too:
But my favorite track from the album is one of the sparser ones: “Resurrection Fern.” You can find it, along with an envy-inducing account of a live I&W show, at Lonesome Music.
So my favorite album of 2007, barring some sudden revelation in the next couple of weeks, is The Shepherd’s Dog. (I’m not sure that I can make claims about the best album of 2007.)