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  • Artist(s): Iron & Wine
  • Summary: The first full-length collaboration between Calexico and Iron & Wine was recorded over four days in Nashville by producer Matt Ross-Spang.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
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  1. Jun 18, 2019
    80
    The songs feel pared back and polished and just about exactly right, whether in the gospel-swelling idiom of Iron & Wine’s Sam Beam or in the jazzier, more experimental haunts of Calexico. There’s nothing extra, nothing silly, nothing distracting, these songs are as streamlined as an otter in water, slipping through in cool, frictionless purity.
  2. Jun 14, 2019
    80
    The whole record is a testament to the skills of everyone involved as writers, singers, players, and arrangers, an upgrade on In the Reins, and exactly what fans of both bands would hope for in a collaboration.
  3. Mojo
    Jun 11, 2019
    80
    This time there's more of an improvised, experimental feel. ... Once again, Beam wrote most of the songs, but the imprint of both acts is pretty equal. [Jul 2019, p.94]
  4. Jun 14, 2019
    80
    ears to Burn establishes itself as something more than just two different artists working together – neither Iron & Wine nor Calexico needs to win the crown. It’s just a great album of great songs that is bound to bring new fans to the work of both.
  5. Jun 12, 2019
    79
    Years to Burn distills the qualities that distinguish Calexico and Iron & Wine as individual artists. If it’s another 14 until we get to hear them play once more, it’ll be a sin against their talents.
  6. Jun 17, 2019
    74
    Comparing the two releases, it’s clear that Calexico and Iron & Wine have found a way over the years to leave a little more mystery in the words and let the music provide more of the clues.
  7. Q Magazine
    Jun 11, 2019
    60
    At times, it's too mellow. [Summer 2019, p.108]

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  1. Jun 14, 2019
    8
    Great album that intermixes the more folky sounds with far different experimental sounds. This contrast is what makes the album special, butGreat album that intermixes the more folky sounds with far different experimental sounds. This contrast is what makes the album special, but the order in which the album is constructed does not necessarily support this idea. Expand