Our Endless Numbered Days

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Our Endless Numbered Days
Studio album by Iron & Wine
Released March 23, 2004
Recorded Summer 2003, Engine Studios, Chicago, Illinois
Genre Folk
Length 44:47
Label Sub Pop
Producer Brian Deck
Iron & Wine chronology
The Sea & The Rhythm (EP)
(2003)
Our Endless Numbered Days
(2004)
Woman King EP
(2005)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Blender 3/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork Media (8.6/10)[3]
Robert Christgau (dud)[4]
Rolling Stone (favorable)[5]
Stylus Magazine (C)[6]

Our Endless Numbered Days is the second full-length album from Iron & Wine. Released on March 23, 2004 on Sub Pop, it was the first non-solo effort by Sam Beam under his Iron & Wine moniker. Limited edition copies of the vinyl LP came with a bonus 7" vinyl single. Limited edition copies of the CD came with a bonus CD single.

The album's title comes from the lyrics of the song "Passing Afternoon": "There are things that drift away like our endless, numbered days."

Significance[edit]

The album marked a change in Iron & Wine's sound, as it was his first produced in a professional studio. Beam's only previous album, The Creek Drank the Cradle, was recorded entirely on a four-track mixer at his home.[7]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "On Your Wings" - 3:53
  2. "Naked as We Came" - 2:33
  3. "Cinder and Smoke" - 5:44
  4. "Sunset Soon Forgotten" - 3:20
  5. "Teeth in the Grass" - 2:22
  6. "Love and Some Verses" - 3:40
  7. "Radio War" - 1:56
  8. "Each Coming Night" - 3:28
  9. "Free Until They Cut Me Down" - 4:35
  10. "Fever Dream" - 4:16
  11. "Sodom, South Georgia" - 4:59
  12. "Passing Afternoon" - 4:01
  • 7" vinyl single
  1. "No Moon"
  2. "Sinning Hands"
  • Bonus CD
  1. "Cinder and Smoke" (demo)
  2. "Swans and the Swimming"
  3. "Free Until They Cut Me Down" (demo)
  4. "Hickory"

Japanese Version Bonus Tracks[edit]

  1. "Belated Promise Ring"
  2. "Homeward, These Shoes"

Personnel[edit]

  • Sam Beam - vocals, guitars, slide guitar, banjo, mandolin
  • Brian Deck - drums, percussion
  • EJ Holowicki - bass, percussion
  • Patrick McKinney - guitars, percussion
  • Jeff McGriff - guitars
  • Jonathan Bradley - odds and ends
  • Sarah Beam - harmony vocal, percussion, violin

Appearances in Popular Media[edit]

"Passing Afternoon" was played at the end of "Wilson's Heart," the finale of the fourth season of House. "Naked as We Came," "Trapeze Swinger" (a song not in this album) and "Sunset Soon Forgotten" were featured in the 2004 dramedy "In Good Company". "Each Coming Night" is featured in Miley Cyrus's 2009 film The Last Song.[8] "Naked As We Came" is featured at the end of the 4th episode of the 2nd season of The L Word, when Jenny has her hair cut by Shane.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Our Endless Numbered Days at AllMusic
  2. ^ Blender review
  3. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  4. ^ Robert Christgau review
  5. ^ Rolling Stone review
  6. ^ Stylus Magazine review
  7. ^ Album review on Pitchfork
  8. ^ http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003C2WQ46