I’ve been listening to Iron & Wine since my college days*, so it’s a weird pleasure to review Sam Beam’s work today; I’ve been listening to Calexico for a much shorter number of years, but I’m a fan, and whatever, here they are collaborating with Beam, so what else am I going to do?
Years to Burn snuck up on me. The first time through, I found it somewhat scattered. The second time, a narrative began to emerge. About the fifth time, it struck me that maybe, just maybe, these guys should quit fucking around and just form a new band together, because they make so much sense as a pairing that listening to them play separately feels like a waste**.
You can read my full review at Paste Magazine.
*They weren’t that long ago! Don’t fact check me, though!
**Okay, not a “waste,” that’s strong language, they make good music on their own, I cannot deny this.