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CD of the album included
Iron and Wine makes its Nonesuch Records debut with Ghost on Ghost, the fifth release from singer-songwriter Sam Beam under that pen name. The album was recorded in Brooklyn and produced by Beam's longtime associate Brian Deck, (Modest Mouse, Califone, Fruit Bats) and follows 2011's Kiss Each Other Clean. Every song feels lived in, and radiates palpable warmth," says American Songwriter; they "sound absolutely sublime." Uncut too calls it "sublime ... a work of immense beauty and scale."
The AP says: "Ghost on Ghost is a wonderfully produced and assembled record, propelled with joyous momentum even on tracks with darker lyrics ... With each successive album, Beam has been able to gradually expand and layer his sound with taste and dexterity."
For Ghost on Ghost, Beam sought to move from what he called the "anxious tension" of his two previous records. "This record felt like a reward to myself after the way I went about making the last few," he says.
Helping achieve Beam's vision was a group of stellar musicians including Rob Burger, Steve Bernstein, Brian Blade, Curtis Fowlkes, Tony Garnier, Marika Hughes, Briggan Kraus, Maxim Moston, Tony Scherr, Doug Wieselman, Kenny Wolleson, and Anja Wood. Burger (Tin Hat Trio) has worked with Beam intermittently through the years and handled arrangements for strings and horns on Ghost on Ghost. For the album's cover, Beam, who is also a visual artist, chose an image from the series Private Views by noted photographer Barbara Crane.
|1. Caught in the Briars|
|2. The Desert Babbler|
|4. Low Light Buddy of Mine|
|5. Grace for Saints and Ramblers|
|6. Grass Widows|
|7. Singers and the Endless Song|
|8. Sundown (Back in the Briars)|
|9. Winter Prayers|
|10. New Mexico's No Breeze|
|11. Lovers' Revolution|
|12. Baby Center Stage|