Love Letter For Fire

Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop - Love Letter For Fire
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2016 Ratings: #203 / 872
User Score
Based on 28 ratings
2016 Ratings: #539
April 15, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Sub Pop, Black Cricket / Label
Indie Folk / Genres
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Not only do Beam and Hoop meet those high expectations, they shatter them on Love Letter for Fire by crafting some of their best songs to date.

A.V. Club

The result is Beam’s best release since In The Reins, with a far more dynamic batch of songs, and a wider introduction to Hoop’s compelling and naturally chameleonic songwriting style.


Love Letter for Fire sounds like Beam and Hoop were born to work together. The yin and yang of their individual perspectives fit together marvelously, and this rests comfortably with the best of both their recorded works.

The Guardian
A nurturing listen, which leaves the pair tangled in each other’s metaphors; hopeless romantics forever.

That Love Letter For Fire is a triumph of rustic minimalism and unforced, chamber-pop poise, with charm by the skipload, is down to what Beam describes as “a conscious releasing of the reins on both our parts, a giving in to what the combination could and would become on its own, without too much manipulation.”

Consequence of Sound

The album isn’t a masterpiece, and it’s better for it. One of the most appealing qualities of both artists is their personal sense of fragility, as opposed to attempting to infuse their stories with that quality. To that end, Love Letter for Fire succeeds masterfully by not even bothering to pretend that perfectly told stories are the end goal.

The 405

An album that pays proper respect to some of the classic duets Beam grew up loving while also hinting at a promising partnership between he and Hoop.

Instead of a love letter to consuming blazes, Hoop's and Beam's collection appeals to our individual internal pilot lights: those softly smoldering flames that illuminate moments of beauty in ourselves, in each other, and beyond.
American Songwriter

Love Letter for Fire shows what can happen when two near-strangers explore each other’s deepest emotions and private pains in song: They may still ultimately remain strangers, but they’ve created something profound in the process.


Overall, there aren’t enough risks taken on Love Letter For Fire to make it a truly outstanding album; it’s a very pleasant, comfortable journey rather than an especially memorable one. But as an example of two artists gelling together it undeniably works extremely well and fans of both – Beam in particular – will find much to enjoy.

There’s not anything on show that quite sets the loins aflame in order to elevate this to greatness, but there’s no real moments of weakness either. This is a very strong album about love, written by two people who aren’t in love.
This collaboration between Beam and Hoop works well, however, it does leave much to be desired. Their voices complement and harmonize as much as one could want, although lyrically and melodically, "Love Letter For Fire" often falls flat. Sadly, the lack of melody persists throughout the entirety of the album, making one think of what could have been.

Notable Song: "Know the Wild that Wants You"
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Year End Lists


Track List

  1. Welcome to Feeling
  2. One Way to Pray
  3. The Lamb You Lost
  4. We Two Are a Moon
  5. Midas Tongue
  6. Know the Wild that Wants You
  7. Every Songbird Says
  8. Bright Lights and Goodbyes
  9. Kiss Me Quick
  10. Chalk It up to Chi
  11. Valley Clouds
  12. Soft Place to Land
  13. Sailor to Siren
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Added on: February 10, 2016