the Buzz for March 17th, 2011


Iron & Wine — “Glad Man Singing” (from Kiss Each Other Clean) — Glad Man Singing - Kiss Each Other Clean (Deluxe Version)

Sam Beam graduates to the majors (and in fine, fine style) with an album which finds him channeling the spirits of Van Morrison, early Elton John, and of course Dylan, but it’s not until very near the end of the record that he transforms himself — brilliantly — into a dead ringer for Older-era George Michael and stumbles upon Kiss‘s deceptively upbeat emotional core. (This is made even more apropos by a video from The Onion’s A.V. Club which burned up the web a couple of days ago and which features Beam covering Michael’s heart-stopping 1988 masterpiece “One More Try” with the game assistance of the marvelous Marketa Irglova, an Academy Award winner for her her glorious work in the musical film Once.)