Kiss Each Other Clean

Iron & Wine - Kiss Each Other Clean
Critic Score
Based on 33 reviews
2011 Ratings: #86 / 951
User Score
Based on 63 ratings
2011 Ratings: #195
January 25, 2011 / Release Date
LP / Format
Warner Bros. / Label
Folk / Genres
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A.V. Club

It’s like 10 Paul Simon solo LPs fused into one misshapen but curiously beautiful lump.

Drowned in Sound

More than being just another great album, it suggests a brilliant and unpredictable future.


Some of the experiments here may work better than others in the long term, but it is far better that Beam is an artist prepared to take risks.

No Ripcord

It showcases a more than self-sufficient songwriter who prefers to discover the fruits of collaboration.


These songs are generally not the type to grab you right away, but there's enough mystery and melody there to call you back.

Consequence of Sound

For the most part, there’s simply a hell of a lot going on instrumentally, and it’s almost too much to take in.


Most of Kiss Each Other Clean lacks a certain audacity that might bring it closer to its “radio-friendly” ambitions.

Happy 15 years Our Endless Numbered Days ! Gosh I know Iron & Wine since like 10 years. Time passes so fast ! I breafly discover him through Carousel from Shepherd but this is his most experimental work Kiss Each Other Clean that really got me in his discography.

Kiss Each Other Clean is a very curious album as it's often label folk but I don't sense so much folk here (more like indietronica with bit of folk maybe).
The album comes in the form of a giant song (all the lyrics are ... read more
I'm a huge fan of Iron & WIne's early work with its simplistic but yet complex themes and songwriter than adding a horn section and having a more electronic art pop direction can be quite a dramatic shift.Even though, it does work at times I feel it also loses a lot of charm which Iron & Wine had in Our Endless Number of Days and The Creek Drank The Crandle. Not bad by any means but nowhere near the same level as his earlier work.

Track Review

Walking Far From Home 7/10
Me And ... read more
While he's clearly coming into his own experimentally, he misses the board too many times for this record to be held up.

BEST TRACKS: Rabbit Will Run, Tree By the River, Me and Lazarus
I just can't get into this thing. Something about this album is just so boring and generic that I can't seem to find a lot of reasons to return to it unfortunately. Decent singer songwriter stuff here but nothing special or even worth hearing.

Best Track: Half Moon
Worst Track: Big Burned Hand
Fav Tracks: Monkeys Uptown, Glad Man Singing, Me And Lazarus
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Year End Lists

#36/No Ripcord

Track List

  1. Walking Far From Home 
  2. Me And Lazarus 
  3. Tree By The River 
  4. Monkeys Uptown 
  5. Half Moon 
  6. Rabbit Will Run 
  7. Godless Brother In Love 
  8. Big Burned Hand
  9. Glad Man Singing
  10. Your Fake Name Is Good Enough For Me
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