Ghost on Ghost

Iron & Wine - Ghost on Ghost
Critic Score
Based on 24 reviews
2013 Ratings: #423 / 955
User Score
Based on 58 ratings
2013 Ratings: #234
April 16, 2013 / Release Date
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Nonesuch / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

85
Paste

With 12 great new songs, each with its own spirit, style and direction, Ghost On Ghost is the best album in Iron & Wine’s already impressive discography.

83
A.V. Club

Most of Ghost On Ghost treads territory similar to Kiss Each Other Clean, just with a bit more loose-limbed joy replacing that album’s austere moments.

80
AllMusic

Bringing the scale back down to something human while injecting some jazz and sunshine into the I&W sound proves to be a very good strategy for Beam, and it makes Ghost on Ghost one of the most satisfying albums the group has done to date.

80
The 405

Ghost on Ghost is the sound of a man who's settled, but not complacent. 

70
musicOMH

It may not be quite as complete or redefining an artistic statement as some other albums released so far this year but Ghost On Ghost is a relaxed, unburdened work that should please most fans and generally be viewed positively elsewhere.

70
Drowned in Sound

Whilst arguably Beam's most consistent album for some years, there are fewer moments of raw beauty here than on past excursions, resulting in a whole that is somehow less than its impressive component parts. 

70
DIY

'Ghost On Ghost' lets him relax even further, relying on the band to exist as a band of their own – a lot of the music was written by them, rather than simply taking cues from their bearded leader.

70
NME

Former earnest acoustic-type Sam Beam's fifth album sees him taking further, grander steps in the shiny loafers of a cheesy 1970s crooner with a fondness for symphonic folk and a soul groove.

61
Pitchfork

Ghost on Ghost is best when it’s most straightforward and worst when the experimentalism becomes desperate rather than bold.

60
Consequence of Sound

As puzzle pieces to a full-length album, at least a third of these songs come off as superfluous and unnecessary. 

60
PopMatters

Ghost on Ghost is quaint, and that’s better to hear than something that’s completely unmoving.

58
Sputnikmusic

It may be palatable and generally inoffensive on a whole, but Ghost on Ghost really goes down best when viewed as a supplement to other better, more transcendent material already out there.

50
Under The Radar

From a simple accessibility standpoint, the songs on Ghost on Ghost are not as strong as those from his past.

MinatoArisato
50
Unimpressive indie rock. Not much here that stands out here and just kind of generic.

Best Track: Low Light Buddy of Mine
Worst Track: Grass Widows
AmericaanSpirit
84
The combination of jazz and folk is at its peak here; its raw, emotional and justly terrific.

BEST TRACKS: The Desert Babbler, New Mexico's No Breeze, Low Light Buddy of Mine, Baby Center Stage
CheapandLethal
70
Worth a listen
tha138
65
Light melodies that caress the skin but flow away with the first breeze.
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Track List

  1. Caught in the Briars
  2. The Desert Babbler
  3. Joy
  4. Low Light Buddy of Mine
  5. Graces for Saints and Ramblers
  6. Grass Windows
  7. Singers and the Endless Song
  8. Sundown (Back in the Briars)
  9. Winter Prayers
  10. New Mexico's No Breeze
  11. Lovers' Revolution
  12. Baby Center Stage
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