Iron and Wine’s Creek Drank The Cradle (2002) is one of those albums that you go back to time and time again on a rainy day. Iron and Wine is basically comprised of one person, Sam Beam. Beam’s songs are personal and sincere with lyrics well thought out and developed. Much like Elliot Smith’s solo acoustic work, Beam’s songs are lonely, gentle, and times very meloncholy. Beam does an excellent job of creating a unique sound that brings a nice fresh feel to the alternative-folk genre and his popularity has grown as a result. This particular album is nothing short of genius and there are no songs that are weaker than others. Highlights that I suggest on this album are “Bird Stealing Bread”, “Upward Over the Mountain”, and “Weary Memory”. I’m sure a few listens and you will discover your favorites in no time. Iron and Wine has released several albums after The Creek Drank the Cradle and you will hear some new directions that Beam pursued, however, I feel that you will drawn back to this album time after time. If you like this album you should check out Our Endless Numbered Days and Woman King since both albums compliment each other in numerous ways.
The Creek Drank the Cradle gets a 5 out of 5.