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Review: Iron and Wine – Kiss Each Other Clean

By Rob Rodriguez

Kiss Each Other Clean, offers a different sound than fans may be used to but still has the Samuel Beam eminence to it. The first thing you will notice is the rarity of the acoustic guitar, and the amount of traffic within the album. Each song contains multiple tracks featuring a variety of instruments like the piano, electric guitar, drums, synth and heavy bass. The main emphasis is still on Samuel Beam’s voice, but this dense layering of sound is certainly meant to follow and compliment the vocals. There are obvious elements of jazz and funk within the album as well, highlighted by uppity fuzz distortion on certain bass licks, and even saxophone. Overall, these additional elements, along with vocal harmonies, give Kiss Each Other Clean a more complete folk band feel. 

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