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Iron And Wine: Around The Well

Rob Hughes, Uncut, July 2009

ON THE SECOND DISC of this sumptuous collection of oddities is a cover of New Order's 'Love Vigilantes', in which a soldier returns home to wife and child from some far-flung war in the East, unaware he's now a ghost. You could easily mistake it for an Iron And Wine original. It carries the imprint of Sam Beam's own songs, which are often cryptic novellas of hearth and home, of lost moments and illicit fantasies. Songs that slowly yield their strange secrets while hinting at some unspoken private epiphany. It's something Beam has done — across sundry EPs and four albums now — that none of his peers have quite matched.

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