Album reviews in 30 seconds or less.
Iron & Wine
Kiss Each Other Clean
Sounds Like: Not so hushed and whispery this time, Sam Beam’s honing his voice as a singer, and here he incorporates cool percussion, brass and found sounds.
Free Association: Quiet stoner/makeout tunes, but not as much nap music anymore.
For Fans Of: Sparklehorse x Will Oldham + Nick Drake, beards.
Corinne Bailey Rae
The Love EP
Sounds Like: The 31-year-old Leeds, England-born songstress has a lovely voice. Here she covers Prince (poorly), Bob Marley (well!) and Paul McCartney in time for V-day.
Free Association: Girl shoulda left “I Wanna Be Your Lover” alone, Marley’s fine.
For Fans Of: Jill Scott, Roberta Flack, Ms. Badu, commercials.
Sounds Like: She and her Now Bohemians gave us “What I Am” in 1988, but her sound’s much different now, adding a lovely, polished pop sensibility to her folksy style
Free Association: No, no, no, no, no hippie chick! One of the best singer-songwriter efforts I’ve heard in some time.
For Fans Of: Sheryl Crow x Suzanne Vega, Liz Phair, Lillith Fair on weed.
PW's Music Issue 2014