Thursday, April 3, 2008
Greatest Openers - Pagan Angel and a Borrowed Car
Sam Beam had a very successful formula going. On all of his previous albums, the musical genius behind Iron & Wine kept the recordings mainly limited to just his guitar and vocals. Fans were perfectly content with this tried and true method, anxiously awaiting the next LP. The first taste of the new album was the single “Boy with a Coin”, and fans could already tell Sam was beginning to change things up. Several months later, Iron & Wine released The Shepherd’s Dog. The album opens with a faded guitar, as if off in the distance. Quickly, a full band joins in with Sam, fully showing off Iron & Wine’s new sound. This transition makes the move to their expanded sound accessible to both seasoned fans and new listeners. As soon as Sam’s layered vocal tracks kick in, the song really takes off. With detailed lyrics and beautiful vocals, “Pagan Angel and a Borrowed Car” is one of Beam’s best.
Pagan Angel and a Borrowed Car - Iron & Wine