Iron & Wine
Great American Music Hall
December 9, 2005

Review by Jake Thomas

An Iron & Wine show is like a box of Forrest Gump chocolates…you never know what you’re going to get. Actually you know you’re always going to get an amazing show, you just never know what the set-up might be. I’ve seen Sam Beam perform a number of times now, and nearly every show is different – I’ve seen him with a few different backing band arrangements, and shows played with different degrees of rockin’ going on. This show was a solo one, with the exception of Sam Jayne (of Lync and Love as Laughter fame, who opened the show which I sadly missed)coming out on a couple of different occasions to lend some electric slide to the occasion. Beam sounded fantastic as always, playing much of his already released & well-loved material, but he also introduced a couple of new tracks that seemed to go over well (and they certainly sounded good to me). And as if that weren’t enough, he also threw in some covers – “Such Great Heights” by the Postal Service (which is available on that band’s ep by the same title) and “Love Vigilantes” by New Order. It was a grand time, and as long as his voice continues to sound as amazing as it does, I’ll be there every time.

Read our previous Iron & Wine review:
Review: April 9, 2004, Great American Music Hall
Review: March 24th, 2003 @ Bottom of the Hill
Review: Febuary 8th, 2003 @ Bottom of the Hill