Already the last album of Sam Beam alias Iron & Wine, "Kiss Each Other Clean", was rightly celebrated as a great work between soul and folk, but also showed some lengths. With "Ghost On Ghost", already a quiet homage to Bob Dylan in the title, Beam has now added this flaw and delivers a record that offers an overwhelming listening experience from beginning to end. In the first songs the soul, which has always been a part of Iron & Wine, has come to the fore. Above all "The Desert Babbler" with its constant lyrical recourse to mysterious "Barstow Boys", who are mischievous in the Californian desert, and its emotional, tender choirs in the background is a real gem. In the course of the album, whose lyrics take the listener on a journey through the USA, these soul references fade away somewhat. But there is a sad piano sound ("Winter Prayers"), some funk and with the "Baby Center Song" a closing act that drips with pathos. And that's why it's so awesome.
Top track: The Desert Babbler