The Shepherd's Dog

Iron & Wine - The Shepherd's Dog
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2007 Ratings: #15 / 668
Year End Rank: #25
User Score
Based on 135 ratings
2007 Ratings: #32
September 25, 2007 / Release Date
LP / Format
Sub Pop / Label
Folk / Genres
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Unabashedly gentle yet wildly experimental, Sam Bean takes his Iron & Wine moniker and takes it to new heights using a collection of styles and sounds that otherwise would have been alien to indie-folk. It is by far his most elaborate and expansive sounding album, yet it never feels so experimental that it results in overstimulation. Instead, this album is built out of subtleties. Everything accomplished throughout The Shepherds Dog is a calculated move in which instrumentation swells ... read more
Really beautiful album with diverse sonic structures despite its decisive indie-folk aesthetics. The arrangements are often very emotive here and the Sufjan Stevens-like vocals add to the admirably warm and sensitive atmosphere of the work. Sam Beam's Iron & Wine's early release-sequence is truly something to behold.
Not as amazing as the last record but still holds up on its own as a fantastic indie folk record

Track Review

Pagan Angel And A Borrowed Car 9/10
White Tooth Man 8/10
Lovesong Of The Buzzard 8.5/10
Carousel 8/10
House By The Sea 9.5/10
Innocent Bones 8.5/10
Wolves (Song Of The Shepherd's Dog) 9/10
Resurrection Fern 8/10
Boy With A Coin 9/10
The Devil Never Sleeps 8.5/10
Peace Beneath The City 8.5/10
Flightless Bird, American Mouth 8.5/10

Average: 8.6/10
I don't like it.
what kind of dog is this
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Track List

  1. Pagan Angel And A Borrowed Car
  2. White Tooth Man
  3. Lovesong Of The Buzzard
  4. Carousel
  5. House By The Sea
  6. Innocent Bones
  7. Wolves (Song Of The Shepherd's Dog)
  8. Resurrection Fern
  9. Boy With A Coin
  10. The Devil Never Sleeps
  11. Peace Beneath The City
  12. Flightless Bird, American Mouth
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