- Summary: Miami, Fla. singer-songwriter Sam Beam (who moonlights as a cinematography professor) returns with his second album, recorded with Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Red Red Meat) at the helm.
- Record Label: Sub Pop
- Genre(s): Indie, Rock
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SpinBeam has given us his second straight masterwork: self-assured, spellbinding, and richly, refreshingly adult. [Apr 2004, p.89]
MojoBeautifully recorded, this is intimate seduction for voice, elegant finger-picked guitar and not much else. [May 2004, p.93]
Alternative PressBeam may continue lacing his ragged acoustic with your heartstrings while quietly whispering about a growing understanding of self, but he isn't sitting beneath a pink moon quite yet. That's surely on its way. [May 2004, p.94]
Q MagazineEven more delicate and autumnal. [May 2004, p.104]
Entertainment WeeklyMakes John Mayer sound like Slayer. [21 May 2004, p.77]
ErnieMar 22, 2004As someone who was a huge fan of Beam's first album, I was a bit surprised that he pulled so far away from his original lo-fi As someone who was a huge fan of Beam's first album, I was a bit surprised that he pulled so far away from his original lo-fi production, which I was a huge fan of. I liked how it covered me like a warm blanket. In its place, however, Beam leaves some amazingly clear and memorable songs, most notably the excellent "Sunset Soon Forgotten" and "Sodom, South Georgia". The lyrics are 90% of the appeal on this album, whereas on Creek they were maybe 50%, and Beam's band is all the better for it. One does not need constant hiss clouding your ears to figure out this CD is easily the best of the year thus far, perfect for walking around city streets on warm Sunday afternoons.… Expand
AndrewPMay 9, 2007Some of the best lyrics ever recorded, and the music complements them so well. Everything about this record is truly astouding.
KrisLApr 21, 2004Easily the best album this year. It is an album you can put on any time of day and it sounds just right.
TanyaJan 9, 2005Amazing. Great for listening to while traveling on back roads while it's snowing.
erikiSep 26, 2005perfect
MihaiVJan 4, 2007Nobody makes music like this anymore.
TristramFeb 26, 2005This disc really disappointed me. Along with Earlimart, Iron & Wine is getting better press than is deserved simply by sounding like Elliott This disc really disappointed me. Along with Earlimart, Iron & Wine is getting better press than is deserved simply by sounding like Elliott Smith. And nothing here resonates like anything from the late Smith. Its all soft but characterless adult-alternative made for people that like the Thorns record. Try Rejoicing In the Hands by Devendra Banhart instead.… Expand
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