The Creek Drank the Cradle

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The Creek Drank the Cradle
Studio album by Iron & Wine
Released September 24, 2002
Genre Folk rock
Length 39:26
Label Sub Pop
Producer Iron & Wine
Iron & Wine chronology
The Creek Drank the Cradle
The Sea & The Rhythm (EP)

The Creek Drank the Cradle is the first full-length release from Iron & Wine (aka Sam Beam). It was released on September 24, 2002. The vinyl LP release came with a bonus 7" vinyl single. The promo CD for this album was released in a cardboard sleeve with alternate artwork.

The sparse lo-fi sound of the album is attributed to Beam recording the tracks at home on a four-track recorder initially as demos. His intention was to pass these on to Joey Burns and John Convertino of the band Calexico who would provide a rhythm section on the finished piece. However the demos were released instead.[1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written, performed and produced by Sam Beam.

  1. "Lion's Mane" – 2:49
  2. "Bird Stealing Bread" – 4:21
  3. "Faded from the Winter" – 3:17
  4. "Promising Light" – 2:49
  5. "The Rooster Moans" – 3:24
  6. "Upward over the Mountain" – 5:56
  7. "Southern Anthem" – 3:54
  8. "An Angry Blade" – 3:48
  9. "Weary Memory" – 4:01
  10. "Promise What You Will" – 2:24
  11. "Muddy Hymnal" – 2:43
  • 7" vinyl single
  1. "Her Tea Leaves" – 3:50
  2. "Carissa's Wierd" [sic] – 2:07[2]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[3]
The A.V. Club (favorable)[4]
Pitchfork Media (8.1/10)[5]
PopMatters (very favorable)[6]
Rolling Stone (favorable)[7]
Sputnikmusic 5/5 stars[8]
Stylus Magazine B+[9]
Tiny Mix Tapes 4.5/5 stars[10]

Pitchfork Media placed The Creek Drank the Cradle at number 137 on their list of the top 200 albums of the 2000s.[11] Allmusic called it "a stunning debut and one of the best records of 2002."[3]