Sixteen, Maybe Less

Last year: by which I mean 2009 of course: I picked up an album called “In The Reins” by Calexico and Iron & Wine. (Iron & Wine being the singer, Samuel Beam.) I absolutely loved it, being a big fan of Calexico. I hadn’t heard anything by Iron & Wine before, so the other day, I downloaded a couple of his albums on Amazon. (Not free, I hasten to add. I paid for them.)

I liked them well enough, but felt they lacked something. Calexico, perhaps. Mr Beam’s songs are good and interesting to listen to. They remind me of Nick Cave’s, but with a lot less fire and passion. I think that is the problem. Calexico’s songs are passionate. Mr Beam’s songs are not. They’re fine to listen to but I don’t think I’d call myself a fan.

There’s a lot more I wanted to write this evening, but it’s rather personal. So better suited for my paper journal I think. So that’s it for tonight. Nos da.

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