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Top Ten of 2011: #8 Iron & Wine and Death Cab for Cutie

In Beat Jab Best of 2011 on December 7, 2011 at 6:22 am

#8 Album of the Year

Jay Cullis:

Iron and Wine: “Kiss Each Other Clean”

Listen to just about any other Iron and Wine album and it’s hard to imagine Kiss Each Other Clean coming along in any natural sort of way. But that’s kind of the best thing about Iron and Wine, isn’t it? There’s very little by way of chartable trajectory. This album is at one moment a gospel revival, the next a funk breakdown, the next an tribal ritual. It’s religious. It’s soulful and melodic and features some of the best wah-pedal work you’ve heard since Sly and the Family Stone. It’s a hodgepodge in the best way – one that hangs together.

Micah Ling:

Death Cab for Cutie: “Codes and Keys”

It’s been said before: this can’t be your soundtrack to life. It’s happy—sometimes a little too happy. But, this is something you need. And each time that you put it on, you’ll get a little innocence back. A little afternoon in the park. A little breezy drive with your honey. Sometimes that amount of happiness is crushing—a necessary reminder of what letting it all go feels like. So dance around to this. Stay young. Maybe grow a little with this on. It’s going to make you stronger and brighter. It’s going to make you brave.

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