Music Review: “The Desert Babbler” by Iron and Wine

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“The Desert Babbler”

From Iron and Wine’s Ghost on Ghost

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Liner notes: Never mind the knotty lyrics. Instead, bask in the radiant warmth of Sam Beam’s gorgeous melodies, and if the summery vocal harmonies and mellow horns don’t bring a tear to your eye, check those vital signs.

Behind the music: Raised in South Carolina, Beam took his stage name from a throwback dietary supplement called Beef, Iron and Wine. In addition to cutting five studio albums, he’s collaborated with sagebrush rockers Calexico on an EP.

Check it out if you like: Thoughtful types like Bon Iver, Bright Eyes, and Elliott Smith.

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