Among my 2004 favorites: Folk is alive and well!

Nick Drake is gone, and so is Elliott Smith. But their style has survived in Sam Beam, the mind and soul behind Iron & Wine. I found out about them through the soundtrack of “Garden State” (the year’s best OST in my opinion), and I am officially hooked on the mellow voice of Beam… as a beam of light it casts rays of melancholy interspersed with hope that make you want to listen to “Our Endless Numbered Days” once and again. This makes the choice of a favorite track almost impossible, but if forced, I’d probably stick with “Naked as We Came”, “Sunset Soon Forgotten”, “Love and Some Verses”, “Each Coming Night” and “Sodom, South Georgia.” In a nutshell, an album impossible not to love!