Our Endless Numbered Days

Iron & Wine - Our Endless Numbered Days
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2004 Ratings: #34 / 396
User Score
Based on 168 ratings
2004 Ratings: #38
Liked by 6 people
March 23, 2004 / Release Date
LP / Format
Sub Pop / Label
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Beam has given us his second straight masterwork: self-assured, spellbiding, and richly, refreshingly adult.

It's in this sense that Beam is, above all else, a poet: His tabletops are littered with gritty little snapshots of life well-lived, strewn with tender acoustic strums, pictures of the ocean, shaken maracas, mothers, fathers, arms. It's a beautiful display.


Iron & Wine isn’t an easy place – death and sorrow are never far from the surface – but Beam knows that there’s nothing more healing or more uplifting than giving vent to your dreams and fears and letting them all glide away on a breath of wind. Real or imagined.

Tiny Mix Tapes

"Less is more" is an annoying cliché, but I find myself wishing that Iron and Wine and Brian Deck had put a little more faith in it. ... Beam's distinctive songs are most endearing when their rustic quality is matched by their production.

This album is just so beautiful, from the soft melodies, amazing song writing and Sam Beam's vocals are just stunning, this album can just calm you down after a long and stressful day.

Track Review

On Your Wings 9.5/10
Naked As We Came 9.5/10
Cinder And Smoke 9/10
Sunset Soon Forgotten 9/10
Teeth In The Grass 9.5/10
Love And Some Verses9/10
Radio War 9/10
Each Coming Night 9/10
Free Until Cut Me Down 9.5/10
Fever Dream 9/10
Sodom, South Georgia 9/10
Passing Afternoon 9/10

Average: 9.2/10
Remarkable songwriting matched with beautiful melodies to make up one of the most genuine folk albums of the decade and one of my favorite folk albums of all-time.

Decent 8/10
Sam Beam is not alone anymore, in his house, instead, he's in a professional studio, with his friends, explaining in his touching, folk way, how our numbered days can seem endless even if they aren't.
Our Endless Numbered Days is everything I want from a folk album. Beam improves on his songwriting, and the production is broader and more open than his debut album. Even in a studio space, he still sounds like one man in his basement in Flordia, recording his tracks while sunlight pours through a cracked window in the corner.

This album taught me the pleasure of the space between notes. My absolute favorite part is the sliding noise you can hear between notes. The album has a wonderful ... read more
As many people know, Iron & Wine is my favorite artist outside of the hip hop genre, and he’s one of the few musicians who I can confidently say I’ve explored their full discography. This album has been one of my favorites, and my opinion on this has not really changed upon my revisiting it. The relaxing atmosphere this album builds, mainly through Sam Beam’s stunningly soft, yet powerful vocal performances and the acoustic-focused production, is incredibly relaxing. ... read more
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Track List

  1. On Your Wings 
  2. Naked As We Came 
  3. Cinder And Smoke 
  4. Sunset Soon Forgotten 
  5. Teeth In The Grass 
  6. Love And Some Verses
  7. Radio War 
  8. Each Coming Night 
  9. Free Until Cut Me Down 
  10. Fever Dream 
  11. Sodom, South Georgia 
  12. Passing Afternoon
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