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In the Reins [EP]

Album: In the Reins [EP]
# Song Title   Time
1)    He Lays in the Reins
2)    Prison on Route 41
3)    History of Lovers
4)    Red Dust
5)    Sixteen, Maybe Less
6)    Burn That Broken Bed
7)    Dead Man's Will
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Performer Notes
  • Iron & Wine/Calexico: Joey Burns, John Convertino, Paul Niehaus, Sam Beam, Martin Wenk, Jacob Valenzuela, Volker Zander.
  • Additional personnel: Salvador Duran, Natalie Wyants (vocals); Craig Schumacher, Nick Luca.
  • Audio Mixer: Craig Schumacher.
  • Recording information: Wavelab Studios.
  • Two indie-rock acts with remarkably devoted followings and a shared innate talent for creating dusty rural atmospheres, Iron & Wine and Calexico are naturally suited for collaboration, and IN THE REINS proves to be exactly what fans of both bands might imagine. Here Iron & Wine singer/songwriter Sam Beam offers up seven original tunes, with the full Calexico band--led by multi-instrumentalist Joey Burns and drummer John Convertino--contributing an appropriately moody and intuitively dynamic backdrop. Like the WOMAN KING EP, this mini-album features Beam--best known for his hushed, minimal sound--working on a much larger scale, with horns, harmonica, organ, and prominent percussion adding to the disc's cinematic scope. The EP's only notable fault (if it can be called that) is its brevity; less than 28 minutes long, IN THE REINS is bound to leave listeners wanting more.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (No. 984, p.154) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...[S]ounds like an indie update of Bruce Springsteen's NEBRASKA moved 300 miles to the Southwest...."

Entertainment Weekly (No. 841, p.90) - "...These perfectly matched temperaments have created something heartbreaking and haunting--the sonic equivalent of curtains billowing in an open window." - Grade: B+

Mojo (Publisher) (p.64) - Ranked #8 in Mojo's "2005 Americana Albums Of The Year."

Mojo (Publisher) (p.114) - 4 stars out of 5 - "The famed Calexico textures add menace to gripping ballad 'Prison On Route 41', a dark giddiness to the title track, and clutter Red Dust's Southern swampiness with bleached bones."
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