The Sea & the Rhythm When a singer whispers evocative nouns over gently picked slide guitar, we are conditioned to presume a certain poetic depth. Truth is, Sam Beam (Iron… The Sea & the Rhythm When a singer whispers evocative nouns over gently picked slide guitar, we are conditioned to presume a certain poetic depth. Truth is, Sam Beam (Iron… 2003-09-09 Iron & Wine
Music Review

The Sea & the Rhythm (2003)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Sep 09, 2003; Lead Performance: Iron & Wine

When a singer whispers evocative nouns over gently picked slide guitar, we are conditioned to presume a certain poetic depth. Truth is, Sam Beam (Iron & Wine is just him) doesn't appear to have much on his mind beyond aggressive minimalism. But this five-song EP is full of gorgeous, intimate melodies, including ''Jesus the Mexican Boy,'' about a kid with a ''holy even temper'' who doesn't mind if you marry his sister in Vegas. Don't look for meaning. Just enjoy the tale.

Originally posted Sep 12, 2003 Published in issue #727-728 Sep 12, 2003 Order article reprints