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  • 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.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 100
    Beam has given us his second straight masterwork: self-assured, spellbinding, and richly, refreshingly adult. [Apr 2004, p.89]
  2. This may be the kind of album that turns on a new generation of fans to the beauty of folk music, while approaching it from a modern perspective.
  3. Our Endless Numbered Days is very subdued, thoughtful, melodic, and downright beautiful album and the new sound is more of a progression than a sudden shift in values, production or otherwise.
  4. Our Endless Numbered Days won't knock you off your seat with ribald lyrics or rambunctious riffs, but its confident, measured chords and precise tones will hold your attention long after they've grabbed it.
  5. 80
    Beam is a master of circumnavigating cliche. [May 2004, p.106]
  6. Beam 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]
  7. Makes John Mayer sound like Slayer. [21 May 2004, p.77]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Ernie
    Mar 22, 2004
    10
    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 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
  2. AndrewP
    May 9, 2007
    10
    Some of the best lyrics ever recorded, and the music complements them so well. Everything about this record is truly astouding.
  3. KrisL
    Apr 21, 2004
    10
    Easily the best album this year. It is an album you can put on any time of day and it sounds just right.
  4. Tanya
    Jan 9, 2005
    10
    Amazing. Great for listening to while traveling on back roads while it's snowing.
  5. eriki
    Sep 26, 2005
    10
    perfect
  6. MihaiV
    Jan 4, 2007
    9
    Nobody makes music like this anymore.
  7. Tristram
    Feb 26, 2005
    4
    This 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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