In the Spotlight: Iron & Wine and Ben Bridwell
by Cat Johnson
The soft-spoken Sam Beam a.k.a. Iron & Wine, and Band of Horses frontman Ben Bridwell collaborated on an album that sees the two artists drawing each other out in interesting and engaging ways, while paying tribute to other artists.
Sing Into My Mouth is an album of songs originally made famous by artists including the Talking Heads, the Lumineers, John Cale, Sade, and Bonnie Raitt.
The result of the collective effort is a record that gives more energy to Beam, whose preferred, lovely range is barely above a whisper, and that tones down Bridwell, whose work with Band of Horses tends to be, well, a bit unbridled. The album, which grows better with each listen, is full of subtle harmonies and unexpected delivery.
Highpoints of Sing Into My Mouth are the Talking Heads’ “This Must Be the Place,” and David Gilmour’s “There’s No Way Out of Here.” Here’s the complete track listing along with the artist that originally performed it:
1. “This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)” – Talking Heads
2. “Done This One Before” – Ronnie Lane
3. “Any Day Woman” – Bonnie Raitt
4. “You Know More Than I Know” – John Cale
5. “Bullet Proof Soul” – Sade
6. “No Way Out of Here” – David Gilmour / Unicorn
7. “God Knows (You Gotta Give to Get)” – El Perro del Mar
8. “The Straight and Narrow” – Spiritualized
9. “Magnolia” – JJ Cale
10. “Am I a Good Man?” – Them Two
11. “Ab’s Song” – Marshall Tucker Band
12. “Coyote, My Little Brother” – Peter La Farge